In a recent post I wanted to use the word ass. But that is an American word for what we say, arse. I should have used the Australian word arse. Arse, ass, what's the diff?
Arse and ass are surely interchangeable, but I cannot interchange them. Arse is a swear word and ass is naughty word, like bum.(The exception to this is when Eliza Dolittle says, 'move your bloomin' arse'.)
I have recently been listening to podcasts of I Love Green Guide Letters. Green Guide is a weekly supplement in our our daily newspaper The Age. GG covers tv, technology, space and photography. Its raison d'etre is a tv programme listing. It has a page for reader's letters, usually complaints and this is what the afore mentioned podcast focuses upon. The podcast is quite amusing, but last week's episode had one or more of the participants using fuck in almost every sentence.
The podcast has tackled in depth the disappearance of the staples that held our GG together, and that the green pages, the ones relevant to tv, now have a white border, making them difficult to find. Also, there have been complaints about Tom Waterhouse appearing left, right and centre on our tvs. Each week, when an anti Tom Waterhouse letter was published, the GG letters editor would place increasingly large photos of Tom Waterhouse, further aggravating people and stimulating them to write even more anti Tom Waterhouse letters. Very amusing.
This week's guest was Sam Pang, who hosts our coverage of Eurovision, along with the gorgeous Julia Zemiro. ILGGL dug out letters criticising Pang and Zemiro for their coverage of Eurovision. This week, there was not excessive swearing, just a couple of times and easy to ignore.
I made a Face Book comment about the swearing on the site, but instead of being called a stupid old retentive fart, I was ignored. Perhaps my comment was valid. The offending episode reminded me of how I thought the brilliant Tim Michin's performances were spoilt by the excessive use of of swearing.
I truly don't mind the words fuck or arse, but talking specifically about fuck, why does it have to punctuate every sentence by some people. Isn't it a swear word best kept for when something terrible happens, or the very least, dramatic effect?
Gosh, I feel very very old and out of touch at times.