The Day after Cinco de Mayo
I did not celebrate yesterday, as the fifth of May means nothing to me. On the other hand the fifth of July is important to me at least.
Some words carry heavy meanings, and others none at all depending on who you are and what you think about others.
I call to mind George Carlin and his list of words that could not be uttered on television. They were all four letter words of what polite society would call “dirty”.
I wonder if that is because they referred to bodily functions and the private parts of the human animal.
Some of the dirty words used in public have five letters, but I will not use any of them here.
Is it possible to write a meaningful essay about our use of language and not use “dirt?”
There you go a four letter word, like love, hate and Mama.
It is remarkable that a president gets away with using despicable terms in relation to a woman’s body and then has a government agency ready to fine a comic for his use of some terms referring to sexual acts.
What is obscene now? What is normal?
From the news, one would think that we have no control over our choice of words, and just pop out with whatever we want.
I used to fear a certain four letter word that I picked up from my older brother. When I was three years old or so, I used it to my mother and got my mouth washed out with soap. That was a lesson I never forgot and think we ought to use it more often for the potty mouthed kids going around and saying this same four letter word with every utterance.
So- Kudos to Stephen Colbert for using a new term about certain political figures. I like my humor to be sly and not hearing words used like sledgehammers.
Sometimes a violent scene can be made more acceptable with the use of an understatement, as when Ben looks down at the terrorist that Sayid has just shot multiple times and says” That ought to do it”.
In my book, that is still funny, whereas a president referring to women’s genitals in a bragging manner is just disgusting.