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Hard News: Swine flu and swearing

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  • James Liddell,

    Yes, that's all from one episode. What must his mother think?

    Well it's certainly quantity, but it's not really quality swearing. For that you can't go past The Thick of It. Armando Iannucci has a swearing consultant to whom he sends his scripts to make them more, um, colourful.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2007 • 102 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Quality swearing is so important. Take the novel Q. I don't know how if they got Iannucci's guy for the English translation, but in Italian it fell over due to the poor quality of the swearing. It was sad, really.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Idiot Savant,

    I'll second "The Thick of It". Both quality and quantity.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1716 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Llewellyn,

    a swearing consultant to whom he sends his scripts to make them more, um, colourful

    What a cool job! I know some people who are gold-standard, bet they didn't know it was a career option.

    Mt Albert • Since Nov 2006 • 399 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Davidson,

    Before long they'll be putting motors on those bikes, then giving them four wheels and doors...

    Sydney • Since Mar 2007 • 59 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler,

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 3207 posts Report Reply

  • Matt Nippert,

    For a true masterclass in swearing and scriptwriting, check out this gem from The Wire. There's precious little dialogue, exempting prefixes and suffixes, outside glorious f-bombs.

    cheers,
    Matt

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 21 posts Report Reply

  • Matt Nippert,

    Graeme just delivered a masterclass in why you shouldn't spend a few minutes to edit posts.

    Dang.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 21 posts Report Reply

  • Heather W.,

    Before long they'll be putting motors on those bikes, then giving them four wheels and doors...

    Extra wheels and (sometimes) doors come with the Velomobile

    Or with a motor-bike, comes a real side-car

    North Shore • Since Nov 2008 • 189 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    Always enjoyed Shameless for their attention to swearative detail as well.

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 949 posts Report Reply

  • Zippy Gonzales,

    What does Kevin Bloody Wilson's mother think? Does your Dad own a brewery?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 186 posts Report Reply

  • Thrash Cardiom,

    Swine Flu....

    Might have it. I'm at home at the moment with mild flu like symptoms and I had the flu shot back in May. My partner came back from Wgtn a couple of weeks and ended up in bed with it for a week. Her nephew from Wgtn, currently staying with us, is also ill.

    CHB • Since Nov 2006 • 55 posts Report Reply

  • Julian Melville,

    So … has anyone had it?

    Haven't had it, but the case of Zachary Wilson is a bit close to home for us, his dad works for a close relative's business. Very sad all round.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 200 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    So … has anyone had it?

    Robyn has had a swine cold.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • John Fouhy,

    What will they think of next? One of these, maybe: http://www.spinadvertising.co.nz/ecogo/

    (but what would my local mechanic think of it?)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 87 posts Report Reply

  • Caleb D'Anvers,

    Robyn has had a swine cold.

    Wow. i think I had the exact same bug on the exact same days . It did make the MJ news that little bit more surreal.

    London SE16 • Since Mar 2008 • 482 posts Report Reply

  • Whoops,

    A new bike?

    Woohoo! You'll be riding over the harbour bridge in no time, with Mr Slack tucked in behind for some aero draft action on the descent. Slack by name, slack by nature and all that...

    here • Since Apr 2007 • 105 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Go Sacha.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3225 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Ahem. I give you possibly my favourite poetic swearing line ever:

    'I may have fucked my life up flatter than hammered shit, but I stand here before you today beholden to no human cocksucker.'

    Thank you, Ellsworth from Deadwood. Thank you.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • uroskin,

    Swearing on TV: unfortunately Censor Bill has no jurisdiction, it's the Broadcast Standards Authority you should invite.
    Swine flu: can we get rid of this moniker? If it's good enough for the Spanish it should be good enough for the Mexicans. BTW Aljazeera is never calling it by its porcine name, always H1N1

    Waiheke Island • Since Feb 2007 • 178 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Swearing on TV: unfortunately Censor Bill has no jurisdiction, it's the Broadcast Standards Authority you should invite.

    Quite so. They do occasional research on "Acceptable language: swearing and blasphemy on radio and television", trying to measure public standards. I did such research for them years ago--it was kind of fun asking people what they thought of the use of sh*t and f*ck and the like.

    Still, Censor Bill is likely to be entertaining.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2560 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    After Bathing at Baxters...

    Our government has ordered 300,000 doses of an experimental swine flu vaccine from an American company. The vaccine will arrive within a month, but, barring emergency, won't be approved for use until around December.

    That'd be the same Baxter International that earlier
    this year sent out live avian flu virus mixed with
    vaccine material would it...?

    Deerfield, Illinois-based pharmaceutical company Baxter International Inc. has just been caught shipping live avian flu viruses mixed with vaccine material to medical distributors in 18 countries.

    Talk about drumming up business...

    Yrs
    Jefferson EarPain
    Bros against the Empire

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7948 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    Thank you, Ellsworth from Deadwood. Thank you.

    Right, _Deadwood _ - that show elevated swearing like no other.

    There was a great discussion a few years back on the ABC's Australia Talks Back , on Radio National, hosted by Sandy McCutcheon, on the subject of the f-word. A guy called with a story about how he'd been a fire warden in a small North Coast NSW town as a teenager during WW2. He was given a tin hat emblazoned with the letters FW. Everyone he met on his rounds would smirk, and he'd smirk back. The ones he enjoyed most were the little old ladies whose vocabularies one wouldn't assume would have included the word f*ckwit.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Josh Addison,

    No-one swears like Ray Winstone. I forget which movie it was in which he called someone a "f*cking sh*tc*nt", but it changed my life(asterisks for the benefits for those with work filters).

    Onehunga, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 298 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Swine flu: can we get rid of this moniker? If it's good enough for the Spanish it should be good enough for the Mexicans.

    Don't think so. First spotted in the States and if memory serves, a visit to Mexico does not a State make.:)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

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