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More freedom of language
In the Pssst column of the Melbourne Sunday Age, 29.6.2003, there was a neat example of Better Swearing (quoted with permission):
'For those who missed Greg Rusedski's magnificent soliloquy of frustration during his straight-sets loss to Andy Roddick at Wimbledon, inspired by a line-call that was changed to his disadvantage, here it is.
Well done, sports writer.
What I think about swearing is unpublishable. It would have been censored until recently.Briefly, however, swearing should be colorful- not as drab and boring as it has become. The best bullockies didn't repeat themselves. Swearing should be a thinking activity, not a substitute for it. And instead of just sex and excretion and religion, you could go for - say economics or astrophysics or invent your own words,
There is a challenge for all you authors out there for Better Swearing
Poor swearing is one reason why many
Australians are unable to think constructively.
The reasons for swearing
As to the first reason,
when even two-year-old children
hear and use the two pelvic swear words daily, and they are de
rigeur rather than shockworthy, there is nothing specially manly
about limiting your vocabulary to
Thirdly,at present we have a vicious spiral with swear-words, as well as with violence and the more unkindly forms of sex.
If our entertainment has to include
all these boring words on the grounds that otherwise it is
dishonest and not realistic - then
All actions begin in the mind, and so
from a core of people who commonly replaced the Great Australian
Adjective with sex and excretion, and were publicised doing this
for our entertainment,
Teachers have argued that "school texts can be obscene because life can be obscene".
What about, "texts can be idealistic and noble because life can be idealistic and noble"? The short answer to that may be one of only two words, and that is not good enough.
Look back at original Australian swearing, and then go forward
Apart from religious oaths and expletives, which curiously are mostly used by the irreligious, the Great Australian Adjective was Bloody - possibly but not certainly derived from ByOurLady, but by its users intended to be sanguinary.
It's a growly get-up-and-go word and does not suffer from repetition.
On the other hand, 'fuck' used as an abusive swear word degrades the sexual act.
The use of any sexual word for swearing degrades sex and that is a pity, because over the past thirty years major public connotations of intercourse have downgraded in a series of steps from 'making love' to 'having sex' to 'bonking' to words contemptuous of the other partner.
And so there are teenagers and even older people who have no idea of the possibility of 'making love' to increase their sexual pleasure, and so try to extend their pleasure by moving into extremes of physical contact such as S&M.
'Shit' is a dirty word; like mercy, it does something to him that gives as well as to him that receives.
I was once in a minivan on a four hour trip with some decent
but frustrated people. The van could have been dumped at
Werribee sewage farm well before the end.
Australian bullockies were famous
swearers, and the more extensive and imaginative their range of
curses and oaths, the higher their reputation.
whose vocabulary is indecently
larded with these two words are committing a sort of social
because although this may not hinder their own thinking,
other people who find it harder to think, are more easily
stonkered when reliance on those two words cut off their
reasoning and their imagination.
Teachers have argued that 'school texts can be obscene because life can be obscene.' What about 'texts can be idealistic and noble because life can be idealistic and noble'? The short answer to that may be one of two words, and that is not good enough.
Today writers and producers could set models for swearing for all of us viewers, listeners and readers, from tots to totterers by translating the swear words assumed to be used by all their characters into new and more vigorous language invented for the purpose of the entertainment, or taken from our rich heritage of British and foreign dialects.
It could help to get the perambulating iambic kenspeckled Australian public off its scunny skrumpums and begin to scotter their emboggled dottles to think, in order to swear better.
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