F*ck that — 37 Comments

  1. I'd say you get it just about right, GD.


    My verbal output of cursing depends entirely on the company I'm keeping, and can be zero if the situation demands, as I'm sure is the case for most people. But when I'm having a beer with a mate, my language becomes a bit more colourful. Again, same as most I'd think.


    Putting bloody asterisks in place of vowels has always struck me as being fucking stupid. If you're going to write it, write it. Otherwise don't bother. Everyone knows what the asterisk is standing in for, so….Why? The odd thing is, though, that a daily newspaper can, in an article, get away with writing "f*ck", but if they print "fuck", it is guaranteed there will be howls of protest from the Righteous! Think of THE CHEEELDREN! they will cry…


    Funny old world…

    • I also find my language changes depending on the subject under discussion.  For some reason I fail to understand, when I discuss politics my language tends to turn quite vitriolic and flowery?

      It does amuse me the way newspapers treat the subject.  As far as I am concerned the only use for asterisks is when trying to bypass a "language filter" in say a forum.  Anything else is paying lip service to the puritans.

      Eating my dinner with a knife and f**k in the company of my uncle and **nt!  Heh!

      • As my friends kid was wont to say, " Where's my fork 'n' knife…"

        Worked a treat for us.

  2. Thoughts? Let's see…

    "I have been profanity a little though lately"

    A bit of an awkward opening line, don't you think? Probably an edit didn't come out the way you intended is my guess. Happens to me all the time.

    "…I tended to be so squeaky clean that a bishop could have read this from the pulpit without turning a hair."

    Stretching it a bit aren't you, mate? Probably should read a few those first posts. Sure, you didn't use all those profane words as much as you do now but the implication of those words were about as obvious as mule in the bathroom.

    "…After all, if I pepper my scribbles with f*cks and c*nts then people know precisely what I am saying…"

    I don't recall you ever using the terms f*ck(s) or c*nt(s) spelled with an asterisk before now. So why start? End of conundrum.

    "It is a drop of punctuation to emphasise a point."

    These terms are are actually defined as "sentence enhancers" I believe.

    "…it is difficult to confine oneself to the language of polite society."

    "Polite society" is a myth and anyone who tells you different can go f*ck themselves.

    "Some people say I swear too much.

    Others say I don’t swear enough."

    Sounds like you've hit a good middle ground, so why muck it up? I suggest a poll. The results might be f*cking interesting.

    The problem with using profanity in your posts is you can easily get to the point of using it too much whereby your content is lost in a sea of profanity. Now, if you were just the average blogger (read: Can't write for sh*t) it probably wouldn't matter. But you're hardly the average blogger and you're a damn good writer so I'd be careful about using too many of these sentence enhancers per post.


    You did ask for "thoughts, so…

    Have a  fine day, sir.

    • Your first point – corrected with a red face!

      Your next few – you must have missed my earliest ones!!

      I do find that my FoP [Frequency of Profanity] varies considerably depending on the chosen subject.  At times I can be quite restrained?  Other times such as when those fucking cunts in the EU or gubmint get up my nose the FoP factor increases exponentially.

      Maybe I should avoid politics?

      • Oh, I did re-read some of your first ones but I was having so much fun with the comment I couldn't help myself. And I did say that I didn't recall you using any…etc, etc. You know how memory fades with age (mumble, mumble, whut?)

        And yes, you ebb and flow depending on the subject at hand but as far as avoiding politics? Let your blood pressure decide that for you.

        I still suggest a poll. Could be fun.

        • You are determined to suggest a poll then?  😉

          I might put one up in the near future but it is a bit late to add to today's effort.

          I would be very happy to avoid politics altogether if only it would avoid me.

  3. Not sure about your cursing, but the old lady with dementia in my gran's care home told me to stick my maltesers up my fn hole, last night. I only offered her a couple as a treat!

    • Heh!  So my Gran is still alive and well then!

      It could have been worse.  It could have been your last Rollo?

  4. The first time I saw you use the word "cunt", I knew you were a "normal" fella.  More people should use profanity…sometimes it's the only way to get a point across!  Enough with the Do-Gooders, Bleeding Hearts and Politically Correct People!  Jeez, they're starting to "fucking piss me off!"

  5. Grandad,


    Your are a treasure, one I look at every day.  Please, please, never censor your thinking.  It is such a pleasure to read real thoughts without the stupid filter of "Politically Correct" insanity.


    Happy New Year,  keep up the good work.



    • Welcome Bob!  You know what they say about treasure?  How it's best off left buried?

      Many happy returns to you, and I shall Endeavour to keep scribbling at least for the next couple of days.

  6. This is guaranteed to get you muttering a quiet 'feck' or 'bollox' to yerself…



    • Another typo?  A missing t??  FUCK!

      Thank you Anne for not only providing an excellent video but also for giving me a perfect opportunity to illustrate where profanity is not only desirable, but essential.

    • Damn! Leave it to me completely miss an obvious typo when pointing out to Grandad an obvious typo.

      • Please moderate your language, Kirk M.  You never know what children may be reading this….

  7. i've always found an * just brings attention to the word as if to illustrate it "hey look i am type swearing aren't i a badass" sort of thing.

  8. Yes, Richard, but just like the phrase "there's a book in everyone", that's exactly where it should remain 😉 Present company excepted of course. See you next Tuesday ?

  9. Grandad…..I have no idea how many subscribers you have to your daily musings, and it doesn't really matter. What matters is that we're all still following you in spite of your "spelling errors" and "improper punctuation". Keep up the good work!

    • Will you please stop rubbing in all my spelling / grammatical errors? I do my best but somehow the little feckers keep sneaking past me.

  10. Intriguingly, I've noticed that Brendan O'Carroll's diction has been subtly modified of late. He/She now says 'fooking' instead of 'fecking'. He's obviously squeezed the concept of a good fuck past the BBC and has polished the word back to it's original state. As opposed to Prince Charles of course who says, "phuque" when Camilla won't pass him the butter. Where would we be without a wee sweary? 

    • I confess I am not O'Carroll's greatest fan [a bit too slapstick for my tastes] but he knows which side his bread is buttered on, and fair play to him.

      As for Charlie?  The man who brought the word "Tampax" to new levels!

  11. Why use profanities at all? Just because the Americans and English do it does not mean the Irish have to do it too. It just makes them one of the crowd.

    • I don't think it is confined just to the English and Americans!  I think you'll find that just about every language under the sun has a suitable word for that moment when the hammer hits your finger?

  12. Now that you have got me going…  you must remember that the country that became 'Great Britain' started life as a Celtic Christian Irish colony in 500 AD in Argyll. Surely British achievements, the Industrial Revolution, the Commonwealth, and all that are, at their root, Irish achievements.

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