Showing posts with label Language. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Language. Show all posts

August 2, 2017

Tittle:WH was shocked, shocked on the Vulgar Language! Except The Boss is Done Richer

And incoming White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also alluded to it at Monday's briefing: “Look, the president certainly felt that Anthony's comments were inappropriate for a person in that position, and he didn't want to burden Kelly, also, with that line of succession.”
Sanders: Trump thought Scaramucci's comments were 'inappropriate'
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders answered questions about Anthony Scaramucci's departure from his post as communications director on July 31, and said that new chief of staff John Kelly has "full authority to operate within the White House." (Reuters)
Like Trump himself, this is pretty rich.
This is the White House, mind you, whose president was caught on tape years ago talking about grabbing women by their genitalia, adding “I did try and f--- her” and “I moved on her like a b----." As a candidate, Trump used vulgar words that we don't generally print, including one beginning with “P” for Ted Cruz. He promised to “bomb the s---" out of the Islamic State. He alluded to Megyn Kelly's menstrual cycle, and his use of the word “schlonged” was debatably vulgar. Trump's years of appearances on Howard Stern's show produced a volume of vulgar and sexually charged content.

And when the “Access Hollywood” tape came out in October, the Trump team and those around him had quite a different take on men talking in those terms. Melania Trump, who was reportedly offended and taken aback by Scaramucci's words, explained that her husband had been “egged on” into “boy talk.” Similarly, the campaign repeatedly referred to it as “locker-room talk.”
“The boys, the way they talk when they grow up and they want to sometimes show each other, 'Oh, this and that,' and talking about the girls,” Melania Trump said.
Watch: Donald Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005
In this video from 2005, Donald Trump prepares for an appearance on "Days of Our Lives" with actress Arianne Zucker. He is accompanied to the set by "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush. The Post has edited this video for length. (Obtained by The Washington Post)
To be fair, Melania Trump also said Trump's words on that tape were inappropriate. But yet again, we seem to have an instance in which the Trump family and advisers seem to be aghast at something that shouldn't be all that unfamiliar to their delicate sensibilities.
In mid-June, Ivanka Trump complained in an interview about the “viciousness” of politics. “There’s a level of viciousness that I was not expecting,” she said. “I was not expecting the intensity of this experience.” A couple days prior, Eric Trump had said, “I've never seen hatred like this, and to me they're not even people.” 
As I noted at the time, candidate Trump had himself set some kind of modern record for bare-knuckle political tactics. Here's the list:
It's perhaps normal to see the best in your own family and your political allies — to give the benefit of the doubt to those you love and know well in a way you wouldn't with an interloper like Scaramucci. 
Huckabee Sanders also seemed to be drawing the line at somebody who is actually in the White House — as opposed to someone who aspired to it. A reported asked Monday: “Obviously, the president is not a stranger to salty language. Can you specify what exactly he found inappropriate or disturbing about that?” Sanders responded: “I said he found it inappropriate for a person in that position.”
The problem here, as with many things for Trump, is that he forfeited the moral high ground on this kind of thing a long time ago. That makes the White House's and these anonymous sources' reasoning for Scaramucci's firing look Pollyanna-ish, at best, and disingenuous at worst.
Washington Post
Anthony Scaramucci’s remarkably short tenure at the White House, remembered
Leaks, threats and insults. And it lasted less than two weeks. Here's a look back at the very short tenure of the White House's latest communications director, Anthony Scaramucci. (Video: Claritza Jimenez, Victoria Walker/Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

April 30, 2014

Fudge, FK is Used Billions of Times, Where does it come from?

Fuckebegger (1286/7) it appears as part of the surname of one of Edward I’s palfreymen. Marc Morris posted this excellent photo on Twitter:

One origin story for fuck is that it comes from when sex was outlawed unless it was permitted explicitly by the king, so people who were legally banging had Fornication Under Consent of the King on their doors, or: F.U.C.K. But obviously that’s wrong. As are all of the other nonsensical acronyms floating about (anything ending in Carnal Knowledge uses words which wouldn’t be used until AFTER the contents of this blog post). So if you do believe any of that, stop it. Stop it right now.

But right now there’s a post going round with a lovely image of a manuscript from Brasenose College, Oxford, proudly declaring it’s the earliest instance of fuck in English (although, it notes, that is apart from that pesky one from Scotland and that one that says fuck but is written in code). But even if we DO agree to discount those two little exceptions, it’s still not the earliest instance. I think the Brasenose fuck was considered the earliest in 1993, and that’s quite out-dated now.

So, for your enjoyment and workplace sniggering, here’s a potted history of fuck.

Instances of fuck before the fifteenth century are rare. Despite it commonly being classed as one of the Anglo-Saxon four-letter words, Jesse Sheidlower (author of an entire book on fuck, and past editor of the OED so he knows what he’s talking about) suspects that it came into English in the fifteenth century from something like Low German, Frisian or Dutch. While ‘fuck’ existed in English before then it was never used to mean rogering, instead it typically meant ‘to strike’ (which was, way-back-when, related to the word that became fuck because it’s a kind of hitting…). Anything that appears earlier is most likely to be the use of fuck to mean ‘to strike’. If you wanted to talk about making whoopee in a dirty way, the Middle English word to use was swive. [ETA: @earlymodernjohn asked if it's related to Modern English 'swivel' as in 'go swivel' and it is! The more you know...]

Another theory for why there’s hardly any written record of fuck before the fifteenth century is because, if it was around before then, it was just too darn rude to write down. The coded example might have been an early way around actually writing it.

Another theory for its late arrival is that it’s a borrowing from Norse (the Vikings) via Scottish because several early instances are found in Scottish writing (such as the fifteenth-century one discounted in that other article). However, this is generally believed to be unlikely, in part because the Scottish weren’t considered influential enough for English to borrow words from them. Perhaps there were more early written examples in Scottish simply because they were less prudish about writing it.

There are lots of instances of the word fuck from before the fifteenth century drifting around, some of the most notable of which are, chronologically:

John Le Fucker (supposedly from 1278) – While excellent, this name is probably apocryphal. Since it was first written about no-one’s been able to find it and it’s generally assumed to be a mis-reading, perhaps of Tucker, or a variant on fulcher, meaning ‘soldier’. Disappointing.

Fuckebegger (1286/7) it appears as part of the surname of one of Edward I’s palfreymen. Marc Morris posted this excellent photo on Twitter:

However, this is generally assumed to mean ‘to strike’ and can be compared with the Anglo-Norman surname Butevilein meaning ‘to strike the churl or wretch’ (‘vilein’ being related to the English villain which originally meant a person of a lower status).

The place-names Ric Wyndfuk and Ric Wyndfuck de Wodehous (which sounds like a brilliant place to live), both of which are found near Sherwood Forest in a document from 1287. These use the bird-name Windfucker (first cited 1599) which may or may not have something to do with making the beast with two backs. The OED veers towards yes, probably, it’s a kestrel which majestically mounts the wind. So the place-names here kind of have fuck in them by a circuitous route and are possibly the earliest instance of fuck in English.

Simon Fukkebotere and Willm’i Smalfuk (Ipswich, c. 1290). Simon’s ‘fuck’ is almost definitely being used to mean ‘to strike’ and describes his trade, which, I know, is hugely disappointing. Who wants ‘hit-butter’ when you could have ‘fuck-butter’?? William’s ‘fuck’ is a new one and it’s probably related to a fukke, a type of sail first cited in 1465. Sorry.

Fockynggroue – Another place-name, from Bristol in 1373. This was shown in 2007 quite persuasively to be the earliest instance of fuck in English used to mean doing the funny downstairs business. It’s a name akin to Lovegrove rather than one which uses the Old English personal name Focca which appears in the place-name Fockbury, or from Old English Folca as in Folkestone. While the instances before this are possibly to do with getting down and nasty, this one’s pretty conclusive, and predates the Fucking Abbot by 155 years.

The coded poem mentioned above from 1475 called Fleas, Flies and Friars in which ‘fucking’ appears as follows:

Non sunt in celi
quia gxddbov xxkxzt pg ifmk
Which, decoded reads: ‘fuccant uuiuys of heli’

‘They [the friars] are not in Heaven because they fuck (the) women of Ely’ (which might be interpreted as a pun on ‘Hell’).

The following are the earliest citations in the OED:

1513 – W. Dunbar Poems, Scottish, ‘Be his feirris he wald haue fukkit’.

The Fucking Abbot (1528) isn’t even the earliest citation that’s widely talked about, predated by ten years by Dunbar, which the link discounts as not being in English, despite appearing in the Oxford English Dictionary.


1663 – Richard Head, Hic et Ubique: or, The Humors of Dublin. A comedy, ‘I did creep in..and there I did see putting [sic] the great fuck upon my weef.’ I’ve included this even though it’s quite late because I really like saying ‘the great fuck upon my weef’. And because it’s written by a man called Richard Head. RICHARD. HEAD.

And in 1680 by John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester in a book of what sounds like LOVELY poems: ‘Thus was I Rook’d of Twelve substantial Fucks’.

So, I think we can definitely say there’s at least three, possibly four earlier instances of fuck in English before the Fucking Abbot. Sorry dude.

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