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Why is the term ‘strong language’ frequently used when what is really meant is ‘bad language’ ?

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  1. O Zangado
    March 21, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    It reminds me of Billy Connolly’s, “There is no such thing as bad weather – just the wrong clothing.”

    What really grips my fur is the dimbo prompt reader’s, “The following MAY contain strong language” and or “flashing images.” Listen, you’re introducing a RECORDING. Either it has strong language or flashing images or it doesn’t.

    OZ

  2. March 21, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Must be the same reason that showers are always sharp.

    I agree with Oz with regards all the plethora of ludicrous warnings though. Every public loo now has a freestanding sign prominently displayed (in the middle of where one wants to walk) advising that there may be a wet floor, irrespective of whether it’s actually wet or dry. I anticipate the day when there will be another sign advising one to take even greater care because there is the risk of a collision with a sign advising you to take care due the fact that there is the risk of the possibility of a wet floor.
    It’s all beginning to sound as though using a public loo is potentially challenging as attempting Everest without oxygen 🙂

  3. March 21, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    It’s the grand old English art of euphemism. Think dress malfunction = everything on show; inclement weather = pissing down; tendency to overweight = fat as a prize pig, etc. 😊

  4. March 21, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Well, it often makes the statement sound more sensational than it it is doesn’t it? One paper yesterday was “reporting” on Clarkson’s latest “foul mouthed rant” where the he called the beeb “B**T**DS”
    So the word bastards doesn’t appear appear in the dictionary any more or are we all going to be mortally offended at the use of a word we all know is almost a term of affection in OZ?

    Oh purleeze, give me a break

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  5. March 21, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Sorry about the last bit. This should read “not including………”
    😉

  6. March 21, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    The management would also like to point out that if you are not a potential reader you should ignore everything after the word “Please….”

  7. Four-eyed English Genius
    March 22, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Some really strong/bad language

  8. christinaosborne
    March 22, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    I swear you don’t know you are born in the UK!
    Just try watching any Canadian TV. The most innocuous of shows are beset by caveats warning of this and that at every bloody ad break, of course, all delivered in minatory, oleaginous, supercilious tones to reinforce their multi- cultural/sexual/religious/socially inclusive mind set. aaarrgh!

    As you can imagine this sets off strings of’ vile, homophobic, racist, sexist mussaphobic abuse’ in the household to the great delight of all and sundry including the dogs who start howling!
    Needless to say WA state has caught the same disease by proximation, a bit like a mental ebola.
    It becomes quite a game to see how many oaths, swear words and general slurs one can come up with without drawing breath! I win, spousal unit hasn’t had the decades of practice that I have!

    Amusing,. back in Upper Carms I always listened to them in the bar midweek getting very excited in Welsh, positively gibbering. Welsh swear words are exceptionally complicated, or do not exist at all. The good old Anglo Saxon are imported for such occasions. The incidence of ‘fuck’ in the sentences was directly related to the price of sheep at Llanybydder market. When fuck hit 50% of the vocabulary you just knew the prices had bottomed out and they had bought the stock home! I used to stop and sympathise, they never could work out how I knew what they were talking about. Needless to say I never told them.

    To those of you in the UK, you have my sympathy at the moment, what with a general election coming up you will more than have enough to bitch about listening to that pack of hog troughers! I do hope you use suitably ‘strong’ language to express yourselves. A great stress reducer!

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