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The Decline and Fall of the Dirty Word

November 22nd, 2011 by Man SL

I am seeing a lot of people now who use italics or whatever to emphasize Anglo-Saxon emphatic word. W.t.F! The word is losing its power.  Time was when it was its own emphasis.

What the Church always knew and what the Gospel always taught, but what the world forgot, is that sinners want to sin. You can’t get rid of sin by redefining sinful behavior as acceptable. The desire to rebel against God and society will seek out new sins.

We Mormons have tried hard to keep the dirty words dirty, but we’ve failed. Well, if we can’t stop the world from being stupid, we can at least get a good laugh out of it. It cracks me up everytime I see someone underline the expletive, in case we didn’t get that it was supposed to be shocking.

What’s next, I wonder? The problem is that there are so few taboos left except for PC. What the nigger! Fag you, you housewife cracker-fagger!

Or, the way things are shaping up, maybe the cussin’ of the year 2050 will be more along the lines of debt, deficit, baby boomer, birth dearth, and inflation. When the guy in the car I just bumped informs me that my car’s drive programming is full of debt, perhaps I will courteously invite him to inflate himself, the childless boomer.

Or perhaps Joseph’s name will really, truly be had for good or for ill. When the Prophet starts being invoked in vain, that’s when we know we’ve truly arrived. When the fellow tells another fellow that by Joseph, this new gene therapy is the covenant, we’ll know the millennium can’t be far off.

Comments (9)
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November 22nd, 2011 10:21:37
9 comments

B. Wooster
November 22, 2011

Cor stone a crow, I had thought this was a dashed club for gentlemen and gentlemen’s gentlemen, not a jimcrack lyceum for jack tars. This sort of language would make even a female novelist blush. I shall write a sternly-worded letter to the secretary, by gum, dash it.


Jeeves
November 22, 2011

The tongue is a little member, sir, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth.

No, sir. The Bible.

But if I may venture to suggest, sir, one should often make allowances for our American cousins such as the author of this little morceau to which you have taken exception. Their tuition in the amenities is not always what we would consider adequate, sir.

Precisely, sir. As you put it, their instruction in the emollient and refined phrase is not at all like mother used to make.


Vader
November 22, 2011

“What the Church always knew and what the Gospel always taught, but what the world forgot, is that sinners want to sin. You can’t get rid of sin by redefining sinful behavior as acceptable. The desire to rebel against God and society will seek out new sins.”

This is akin to the best rebuttal against the libertarian argument that legalizing drugs will be a death-blow to organized crime. You can’t get rid of organized crime by legalizing whatever they traffic in, because there will always be something worse for them to traffic in.


Adam G.
November 22, 2011

I expect legalization would have some effects, but it would still be illegal for minors, and for the hard drugs there would certainly be limits on how much drugs you could take and when, and a tightly regulated monopoly on the provision of the drug, so you’d still have plenty of avenues for illegal provision. Plus, as you say, new perversions to peddle.


John Mansfield
November 22, 2011

I feel just a little bit bad for, say, John Waters. Some people want so badly to be dangerous, perverse, or a bit odd, and America these days is so anxious to seem accepting of anything and offended by nothing. It drives up what a deviant has to do to show that he really does deviate.


Bookslinger
November 22, 2011

Mr. Limbaugh states it as “defining deviancy down.”

Last year as I read the O.T., specifically Isaiah and Jeremiah, the parts about enshrining high fashion and appearances, I couldn’t help but think of the likes of Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, and how much attention and adulation the popular press gives them. (And how so many people try to imitate them.)


Adam G.
November 22, 2011

JM,
I feel that same way whenever I see people with multiple piercings. In a sane culture they could advertise their brokenness without as much inflammation.


Vader
November 22, 2011

It’s true. I used to be able to display my inner darkness with just a dark tunic, a single small scar over one eye, one artificial limb, and lots of scowling.

Nowadays it takes a black plastic armor outfit complete with a cape and a hideous gargoyle face, a complete set of artificial limbs, and more scars than a Broadway audition for The Lion King.

[…] Vader, commenting on Man SL’s post “The Decline and Fall of the Dirty Word” at Junior Ganymede: I used to be able to display my inner darkness with just a dark tunic, a single small scar over one eye, one artificial limb, and lots of scowling. […]

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