Pardon my French

When I began blogging I decided not to use curse words. I thought it would be impolite. It might offend. It might drive some people away. As it turns out, the opposite has happened… NOT swearing has driven ONE person away: me. It’s just not natural for me not to cuss once in a while, so fuck it. I’m cussin’.

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71 thoughts on “Pardon my French

  1. Years ago, I realized that a certain percentage of people liked me when I behaved in a given way, but then I had to keep acting that way whenever I was around them. If it was ‘not me’ than the roll get very frustrating. Since I am with myself all the time, I vowed to try and be true to myself and not worry about what others thought.
    So, bravo for you taking a step toward being your true self!

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      1. “Listen my children
        And you shall hear
        Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere.
        He hopped in his Chevy and stepped on the gas,
        The bottom fell out and he lit on his
        Hold it children, as the story goes,
        The bottom fell out and he lit on his nose”

        (A little memory left over from grade school –)

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  2. Interesting comment. I curse on a regular basis (my favorite expression is WHAT THE SHIT?!), but was criticized in my first few blogs by some of my more “conservative, non-swearing friends”, so I cleaned up my posts and found that it was NOT only NOT ME, but my writing didn’t “ring true”, so I said, “Screw it! I write for ME, so if you find it offensive, don’t read me”….. I’m happier and so is my “reading public”. WELCOME back!!!! 🙂

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      1. Actually, from what I’ve heard – and I don’t know whether or not it’s an Urban Legend, but if it is, it’s been around for a really long time – that the word, FUCK, itself, is a euphemism for the phrase, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge – F.U.C.K. – nowdays, we need a euphemism for the euphemism.

        The first time the word, “fuck” was ever used in an American film, was in 1970, in the movie M*A*S*H*, in the football game scene. And it was only 40 years earlier that Rhett Butler startled the movie-going public when he said for the first time ever in a movie, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn!

        Sydney Howard, the original screenwriter, wanted that line to really pop, but being the consummate artist, he knew enough about audiences to know that the line needed a lead-in, as it would take the audience a split second to mentally adjust from Scarlett O’Hara’s last line, to Rhett’s next one, so he crafted the “Frankly my dear,” as a “throw-away” piece, to focus the attention of the audience on the bomb he was just about to drop.

        Just in case anyone was interested, but afraid to ask —

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  3. Good for you. If you need to swear (I’m a Brit, we don’t say cuss 😉 ) every now and again then just go for it. You’ll find that most readers won’t even really notice or care. And those that do can just move right along to the next blog.

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  4. My friends and I (also turning 50 this year) have come to the conclusion that swearing is good for the soul. When we get frustrated we just drop the “F-Bomb” as many times as we can in a row… it’s cleansing! …we’re all about promoting healthy lifestyles. 🙂

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    1. In the late Allen (“Hello Mudder, Hello Fadder”) Sherman’s book, “The Rape of the A*P*E*” (American* Puritan* Ethic*), Chapter 4, several pages long, explains, in the first sentence, how he believed, when he sat down to type the word “Fuck” for the first time, he envisioned the door being broken down and the room filled with cops, ready to haul him off to jail. From there, he continued to write, “Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck….” for the next six full pages. In the closing sentence of that chapter, he explains that after that experience, the word lost all negative connotations for him.

      Great book, but hard to find now.

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      1. The Rape of the A*P*E* is a book by Allan Sherman, published in September 1973 by the Putnam Publishing Group, regarding sex and its historical repression and resurgence in the United States. The “A.P.E.” on the title is a play on the words “ape” and the “American Puritan Ethic”.

        The book was the subject of much publicity, when it appeared, due to both its subject and author. Despite his ill health at the time, Sherman went on a two-week media tour to promote The Rape and appeared on many radio shows. He died on November 20, 1973, just two months after the book was published.

        Good news! It’s still available, used, on Amazon! Holy Crap! It’s going for $16.95, paperback, up to $84, hardcover! I gotta quit loaning things to “friends” who never return them!

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  5. A little history for Y’all. Picture a newly wed bride. A piece of this was in a Mel Gibson movie.

    She is stolen from her new husband and all the Knights have access to her vagina as much and abusive as they choose. If she survives, eventually given back to her husband and the new couple is then allowed to Fornicate Under Consent of the King. This is politics then.

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      1. I always enjoy going back in the morning, when I’m sober, to see what I wrote the night before. Pretty amazing actually, I often find myself saying, “Damn! I wrote THAT?! I even hit all the right keys!

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  6. Reblogged this on Periodically Demented and commented:
    This is where yesterday’s madness began, and it’s a demonstration of what I love most about blogging. As small comment on a blog I’ve never previously visited led to a completely fucked-up explosion of fun. From tiny seeds, fucking massive trees grow. Thank you, newpollyanna.

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  7. polly,

    You go, girl…. I’ll be back to see what you come up with….

    🙂

    FUCK
    You’ve just been waiting for this definition, haven’t you. Here is how to use the word ‘fuck’ in almost any conversation.

    NORMAL EXPRESSION FUCKING EXPRESSION
    ——————— ——————
    I am surprised Well, fuck me
    Please go away quickly Fuck off
    My condition is one of fatigue I’m fucked
    You seem to have made an error of judgement You fucked up
    Stop engaging in frivolous activities Stop fucking about
    He is a person of below average intellect What a dumb fucker
    That option is not a suitable choice Fuck that
    I have not made significant progress I’ve done fuck all

    — Daniel Bowen’s TOXIC CUSTARPEDIA

    gigoid, the dubious

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  8. Speaking of obscure and interesting things, this might be of interest to some —

    7 Countries That Still Kill “Witches”

    1. Saudi Arabia
    Saudi Arabia’s religious police department has an official Anti-Witchcraft Unit that it dispatches to catch sorcerers and break their spells.

    2. Tanzania
    This east African country killed approximately 600 elderly women on charges of witchcraft just two years ago.

    3. Gambia
    Gambia’s dictator Yahya Jammeh rounds up, tortures and kills his citizens under the pretext of hunting for witches.

    4. Nepal
    Last year a mob burned an accused witch alive after a shaman said she killed a boy. This year another mob beat a 45-year-old woman to death based on accusations that she cast a spell on a neighbor’s daughter. The Nepali government is not on board with killing witches.

    5. India
    Last June, a primarily female crowd killed two women believed to have murdered several children through witchcraft. As in Nepal, police arrested people suspected of participating in the mob.

    6. Papua New Guinea
    A crowd tortured and murdered a young mother accused of killing a boy through sorcery. They burned her alive before a large audience, some of whom broke off to chase police away before they could intervene. An elderly school teacher was beheaded in Papua New Guinea after her neighbors accused her of witchcraft, TIME reports.

    7. Uganda
    After burning a man’s house down and driving him from his village, locals tied him up and beheaded him for alleged witchcraft. While Ugandans kill some suspected witches, they pay others to help them with things like ensuring job security.

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