Oh get f*cked

NZ Herald

It is no secret that I enjoy profanity…properly used it can be a useful conversational tool. Not any more near Boston:

Residents in a town outside Boston voted to make the foul-mouthed pay fines for swearing in public.

At a town meeting, residents voted 183-50 to approve a proposal from the police chief to impose a US$20 ($26) fine on public profanity.

Officials insist the proposal was not intended to censor casual or private conversations, but instead to crack down on loud, profanity-laden language used by teens and other young people in the downtown area and public parks.

“I’m really happy about it,” Mimi Duphily, a store owner and former town selectwoman, said after the vote. “I’m sure there’s going to be some fallout, but I think what we did was necessary.”

Duphily, who runs an auto parts store, is among the downtown merchants who wanted to take a stand against the kind of swearing that can make customers uncomfortable.

“They’ll sit on the bench and yell back and forth to each other with the foulest language. It’s just so inappropriate,” she said.

The measure could raise questions about constitutional free speech rights, but state law does allow towns to enforce local laws that give police the power to arrest anyone who “addresses another person with profane or obscene language” in a public place.


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  • Adolf Fiinkensein

    Whale, you confuse ‘profanity’ with ‘obscenity.’  I’m pretty confident you would not put up with profanity which, in Old Testament parlance was known as ‘taking the Lord’s name in vain.’

    A steady stream of obscenities in public places is an entirely different thing and is to be abhorred.

    Where I live, it is the lingo of white trash.  Even Black Fellas have more class in public.

    • johnopkb

      Gotta problem with us white trash, asshole?

    • TravisPoulson

      Motherfucker, don’t be a jumped up upper class cunt :-)

      But seriously, I guess it’s one thing to swear comfortably around people you know, it’s another to be an uncouth classless potty mouth in public. I’ve been cussing since I learnt to speak, but always make sure to be on my best behaviour in public (road rage excluded).

      • pauleastbay

        Lots of Americans get really upset.  I remeber waiting for some cash from a courier (1984 ) in LA, anyway he was late,  I asked ” Where the fuck have you been”  He wouldn’t hand over my money until  apologised, arsehole, I had to or I had no cash, strange dude.

  • NotLen

    You’re fucking kidding me.

    • Rimjob

      I know right, what a bunch of fucking cunts. 

  • Gazza

    I guess that’s how we know Cam is a “real” man, and not some sooky-sooky-la-la Christian.

    How do you deal with the New Testament’s extensive teaching on controlling the tongue, using good and wholesome speech, etc?

    Jesus, Matthew 12

    33  “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. 34  You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil?  For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35  The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. 36 I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, 37 for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

    • AngryTory

      It’s a phase; he’ll get over it.

  • Gulag1917

    No doubt when the constitution was first created the language was a lot better than it is today. The town outside is exercising its free speech.

  • Gazzaw

    The town outside Boston isn’t called Salem perchance?


    Deadwood Swearing…

    That’s all I have to say…

  • You mean the same as in NZ where we’re not allowed to say faggot or nigger or hori or any of those words anymore?

    • pauleastbay

      But at you can still say”  Insane old wanker from Tauranga”.

      I’m happy to give up the others

    • Geez hori – haven’t heard that one in an age…..pi kori hori….a great one!!

    • Guest

      There is a VAST difference between saying those words and words like shit or fuck. 

  • George

    Having spent most of my life among seafarers and othere forms of hairy legged men I think I have heard it all.  Trouble is it’s boring, boring, boring tiresome and shabby.  I still wince and resist the impulse to backhand teenage oafs who swear in mixed company or in front of parents or elders.- mainly because I hear the adults speaking the same way, but also because I know how hard it is to not cut loose myself on occasions.  It’s as hard a habit to break as smoking. 

  • Ford

    isnt the world full of fucken mamby pamby softcocks

  • Never in the dark…..

    Call it profanity, call it obscenity, potty mouth, whatever. It’s still unnecessary, distasteful and a sure sign of verbal laziness, ‘uncouthness’ and a complete disregard for self respect. Need I say un-Christian-like? Certainly not the way one speaks in mixed company or in front of children.

    Given all that I’m surprised at Cam’s embrace for it at all. Self proclaimed Christian, from all accounts not verbally lazy. Not knowing him personally, I cannot comment on his levels of ‘couthness’ and self respect.

    He can hold the language in check when on radio though.

    Some of my favourite comedians from around the globe can get through an hour long set without a single utterance, whereas other rely on it for laughs. Cut the profanity and the set would be reduced by half.