The power of swearing [POLL]

Caution:  some masked swearing…

Jon Bridges, the producer of comedy show Seven Days, worries that as swearing becomes more commonplace in everyday life, it loses its capacity to shock on his TV show. TV3’s in-house cencor even allows Seven Days to use the C-word occasionally. “We have some great conversations,” says Bridges in an in-depth article published today. “The censor will say, ‘You had three f***s and a motherf***er so I’m happy with that, but I’m not happy with the c***’.”

It may not help that parents can sometimes be hypocritical when it comes to swearing. Nearly two-thirds of adults surveyed who had rules about their children swearing at home found that they broke their own rules regularly. This sends a mixed, confusing message about swearing and when it’s appropriate.

The rise of swearing is part of a broader “conversationalisation” of public discourse that’s been underway for 50 years or more, reckons Massey University linguistics lecturer Dr Tony Fisher. We go straight to first-name terms when meeting strangers – and the lexicon of seriously offensive terms has shrunk. Read more »

Ron Mark – Conduct unbecoming – Swears in parliament

Remember this image…Ron Mark flipping the bird in parliament.


The man has form, and today in Question 5 he told a government member to “shut the fuck up”.

The man is a disgrace.



My mother used to tick me off about my swearing, especially on the blog, even on the day before she died she was wagging her finger at me to tell me off for swearing.

Well possibly she was wrong…I actually may be more honest and trustworthy according to this graphic emailed to me via the tipline.



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Telling the boss to get f*cked

Sydney Morning Herald

I’ve told a  few bosses in my time to get f*cked…usually as I was walking out the door the last time. But this case in Australia makes for interesting reading:

WHEN security guard Craig Symes told his manager to ”get f—ed” his employers felt they had strong grounds to sack him.

But the company, Linfox Armaguard, instead found its policies on swearing at work come under scrutiny.

In one of several cases of workers challenging their dismissal over the use of four-letter words, Mr Symes was reinstated last month because Fair Work Australia found bad language was commonly used in the security guard’s Brisbane workplace.

The assistant secretary for the Queensland Branch of the Trade Workers’ Union, Scott Connolly, said Mr Symes felt his employer had shown a double-standard for the language use of employers and employees by targeting him.

”He felt uncomfortable and that there was a level of, from his perspective, victimisation in how he was treated in the workplace,” Mr Connolly said.

A Melbourne lawyer, Mary-Jane Ierodiaconou, said employers needed to prove that their policies did not tolerate swearing in the workplace and educate their staff about this.

”If someone says, ‘eff off,’ and a manager says, ‘Do not say that again. I consider that to be serious misconduct and you might be dismissed if you say it again,’ and the person says it again, then that’s a breach of a reasonable and lawful direction and that’s when it’s a potentially sackable offence,” she said.

In some cases, however, unionists say swearing can be merely an excuse to sack workers. The Mackay depot of the freight company Toll NQX introduced a three-strike swearing policy, in which workers receive a written warning for each occasion they swear in the workplace, but after three warnings they will be fired.

Tom Pfund, the North Queensland TWU organiser, said the measures were ”ludicrous” and should apply to management, too. ”To have that sort of policy, that’s just a bullying and intimidation tactic that’s completely unnecessary,” Mr Pfund said. ”It’s not right across the board.”

While Mr Connolly said he did not think it was possible to eliminate swearing from all workplaces, he said employers needed to be consistent in their approach to it.

”It’d be fantastic if they aspired to a workplace and a culture where they didn’t accept this sort of language from anybody,” he said.

Periodic Table of Swearing

via Boing Boing

Since it is the weekend it should be safe to play this nice and loud.


The Periodic Table of Swearing isn’t just a saucy JPG: it’s a real-life interactive box that gets down and dirty with everyday English. It was built by Modern Toss—the duo of artists Jon Link and Mick Bunnage—with the design studio Clay. Made with buttons from eightliner-style U.K. fruit machines, the phrases included offer the fullness of British culture, you cock garage.

Why don't New Zealand newspapers have stories with first lines like this

Only from Australia. In an article about swearing and the crack down in Victoria, The Age starts off it’s column like this:

TO PUT it bluntly, we’re all f—ed. It might be therapeutic to let off a stream of expletives if your team is getting flogged or if you hit your finger with a hammer, but it can also be illegal.

And under laws set to be introduced to State Parliament this week, Victoria Police will get permanent powers to slap potty-mouthed perpetrators with on-the-spot fines of up to $240 for using language deemed to be indecent, disorderly, offensive or threatening.

Don’t you wish our newspapers were as robust as the dailies in Australia?


Judge of the Week – Tony Adeane


An outspoken judge has jailed a man for 28 days for swearing at him from the public gallery, saying he’s had enough of criminals and their supporters being rude and arrogant.

Judge Tony Adeane, a district court judge working in Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne, said Gisborne had a “particular problem” with bad behaviour in court, after he jailed the man for abusing him.

Good job.

Judge Adeane said James Kennedy Grant’s abuse came at the end of a week of “bad manners” in Gisborne District Court last week. “At least one defendant having been denied bail chose to make a thoroughly obscene outburst … one individual walked across the back of the seats [in the public gallery], a phone rang in the pocket of one individual twice.”

Grant, 26, of Gisborne, was in the public gallery to support a friend appearing in court. He was unhappy at the outcome of his friend’s appearance and, just as he was leaving, yelled out to Judge Adeane: “Is that all, c…?”

He was called to appear before the same judge in Napier on Monday and was sent to jail for contempt of court.

“Your outburst was simply arrogant, angry, rude, disrespectful defiance of the court, and that will not be tolerated,” Judge Adeane told him. “It needs to be known … particularly in Gisborne, where there is a specific problem.”

He said, although he was sometimes prepared to overlook emotional responses from stressed people in the dock, he would not accept it from the public.

Using the ‘C’ word would have done it for sure.

Su'a William Sio on Len Brown

Why such strong langauage, Su’a? Looks like Labour’s polling isn’t going so great.

Strong language about Len Brown from S'ua William Sio

Strong language about Len Brown from S'ua William Sio

Before you call fake, it is his official Twitter account. Here is a screenshot from his own website.

Su'a William Sio is not happy with Len Brown

Su'a William Sio is not happy with Len Brown

Learning to Swear in English

The weather is sick today???? And the epitome of english swearing is…….?


Beating Farrar

The cut and paste king has got a naughty sentence up on his blog, so since I am the actual number one blogger I thought I would have a competition with him. Readers of this fine blog may join in in the comments.

Since my sentence uses ALL of the forbidden words it is after the break. It is most definately NSFW especially if you work int eh cloistered halls of the civil service. BTW Farrar missed out a few like bugger, I have got them all.

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