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Up Front: Mind Your Language

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  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Miche Campbell,

    Quim” is an ancient and venerable word.
    Go and read some Victorian porn...

    Steamypunk?
    For Quim and Country!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7887 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    I have a Catalan comic somewhere,

    Perhaps it was one of the one's you were in, Joe?
    ;- )
    El Vibora...
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150403433445652.606883.436424315651&type=1
    A Classic Joe Wylie work in colour!
    (- I first saw it in Black and white in Strips )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7887 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Ray Gilbert,

    Flip you melon farmer

    yuss

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19683 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Emma Hart,

    That's like the way they were allowed to say "wanker" on Buffy because it was America and nobody knew what it meant.

    And apparently NZ sold them the beer brand. I'm almost disappointed.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19683 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    El Vibora…

    AKA “The Viper”. The strip was Perfidia Moruna, by Roberto el Carca, and here’s the relevant page: Pajotus Interruptus!! Por Belzebu!!!

    Everything’s on the web now eh.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    We have an update. Charles Stross has announced he's signed exclusively with Dirty Reader.

    Dirty Reader uses advanced NaughtyWords™ artificial intelligence technology to scan a corpus of text and detect the optimum location in which to insert a metric fuckton of cuntybollockspoofacefucknuggets to enliven your reading experience and bring it closer into line with the author's state of mind

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4650 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock, in reply to Emma Hart,

    That's like the way they were allowed to say "wanker" on Buffy because it was America and nobody knew what it meant.

    That does appear to be changing. I've seen it used a lot in written US pop culture recently. Next step: get them saying 'arse' correctly.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock, in reply to Ray Gilbert,

    Anyone else remember the TV censored version of Repo Man where they had great fun sanitising by replacing with ridiculous words in their place.

    Flip you melon farmer is still one of my favourite movie lines.

    Apparently, 'melon farmer' was the invention of Alex Cox (the director), who was responsible for the editing/cutting necessary to get this on TV.

    My recollection is that this was so popular, it was used in a number of other films that migrated onto TV around the same time (mid-late '80's). 'Midnight Run', and '48 Hours' spring to mind, but my memory is not entirely reliable. There's even a website (NSFW): www.melonfarmer.co.uk

    'Forget' was so common, it even got satirised in 'The Simpsons' at one point:

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock, in reply to Miche Campbell,

    "Quim" is an ancient and venerable word.

    Yes. I said 'creative', but I did already know it was an exisiting word and what it meant, and that they hadn't created it from thin air. I'm quite comfortable having the Norse Pantheon re-imagined as a bunch of quasi-Victorian English poshos. I don't think "Gamla vis hruga uskit'r, sugandi toti tik madr" would have had the same impact, no matter how it was delivered.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Rich Lock,

    Apparently, ‘melon farmer’ was the invention of Alex Cox (the director), who was responsible for the editing/cutting necessary to get this on TV.

    And the "airplane cut" is still a thing. If you have Hot Fuzz on DVD, one of the special features is a supercut of the ADR they did on the swearing, and weirdly enough it's even filthier than the real thing and splendidly weird.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Leopold,

    Reminds me of Lord Byron's 'Don Juan' and 18th century attempts to expurgate the classic writers:


    Juan was taught from out the best edition,
    Expurgated by learned men, who place
    Judiciously, from out the schoolboy's vision,
    The grosser parts; but, fearful to deface
    Too much their modest bard by this omission,
    And pitying sore his mutilated case,
    They only add them all in an appendix,
    Which saves, in fact, the trouble of an index;

    For there we have them all 'at one fell swoop,'
    Instead of being scatter'd through the Pages;
    They stand forth marshall'd in a handsome troop,
    To meet the ingenuous youth of future ages,
    Till some less rigid editor shall stoop
    To call them back into their separate cages,
    Instead of standing staring all together,
    Like garden gods—and not so decent either.

    Since Jan 2007 • 152 posts Report Reply

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