At one point, Stafford recognized a landmark crater, Censorinus A. He was momentarily distracted by the dramatic shadows and giant boulders surrounding the crater. “I’ve got Censorinus A right here,” he said out loud to the world, “bigger than shit!” A shocked reporter listening to the transmission in mission control turned to astronaut Jack Schmitt. “What did Colonel Stafford just say?” Thinking quickly, Schmitt covered for his colleague and replied “He said, ‘Oh, there’s Censorinus… bigger than Schmitt!’”
How not to swear on the moon
, and other fun facts from Vintage Space
posted by Horace Rumpole
on Jan 6, 2012 -
"The editor's guidelines are as follows: First, remember the reader, and respect demands that we should not casually use words that are likely to offend. Second, use such words only when absolutely necessary to the facts of a piece, or to portray a character in an article; there is almost never a case in which we need to use a swearword outside direct quotes. Third, the stronger the swearword, the harder we ought to think about using it.Finally, never use asterisks, which are just a cop-out." - Swearing in The Guardian
: A chart
posted by Artw
on Apr 3, 2009 -
Is your favorite swear word
losing its potency
? Stock up on some new ones with the Swearsaurus,
a "vast array of swearing, profanity, obscenity, blasphemy, cursing, cussing, and insulting in a massive 165 languages"
posted by Quartermass
on Feb 27, 2005 -
(that's Welsh, I'll leave the interpreting to you) - a comprehensive guide to swearing in 165 languages. This probably offers the most appeal to the younger crowd, subverting
classroom etiquette undetected--but it's not without its draw for the inebriated
It may also be a good idea to cross check your business name
before going global. A representative of AmaCorp
visiting Japan is likely to catch a few odd looks.
posted by ThePrawn
on Jan 27, 2005 -
How to do things with four-letter words.
Why do we swear? Or, more importantly, why are swear words "bad" and other words are fine? Angus Kidman's thesus on the semantics of swearing in Australia - and most other English speaking places as well - tries to shed some light.
posted by Fat Elvis
on Apr 6, 2003 -
The TV Guardian
is a "cuss buster," removing all profanity from recordings that are shown on your TV. Finally, something to make my movies and TV more wholesome than Mary Lou Retton (you know your career as a gymnast is in the
can, when you're hawking these kinds of products).
posted by mathowie
on Feb 11, 2003 -
The English have landed!
In the spirit of international confederation, Nerve.com offers this all too brief list of common curses, epithets, and scandalous phrases, along with their French counterpart, and more interestingly, a transliteration of the French so one can better understand the Idiom.
posted by jonson
on Jan 23, 2003 -
Swear down the phone
and win a prize. Not much else to say really, apart from it is puerile and the whole site is in questionable taste. It might amuse the more FARK
minded amongst us though, such as myself. Found at b3ta
posted by Fat Buddha
on May 4, 2002 -
A 'cussing canoeist'
was almost robbed of his right to swear in public. Timothy Boomer yelled the f word close to 75 times in front of a 5 and 2 yo after falling out of his canoe on the Rifle River in Michigan. I damn near fell of my chair laughing!
posted by Why
on Apr 1, 2002 -
You Stupid #@$!
In England, children are learning how to swear. What the #@%&? Aren't they learning enough of this #@&! on the street? I believe that the standards for streets smarts have really slipped over the years. Children should be learning their four letter words at the same place they learn about sex, on the street!
posted by aj100
on Jul 2, 2001 -
Texan Teen Lands $550 Fine For Saying 'F*ck'
The US school system certainly seems to over-react to small issues (drawing guns on paper, etc). Will this keep American from turning into violent thugs, or not? Recently, in the UK, a man got let off
for saying 'f*ck off' to a policeman, since the judge said it was 'the language of his generation'.
posted by wackybrit
on Jun 8, 2001 -
Southpark makes waves overseas.
"The U.S.-made adult cartoon show was responsible for a rise in swearing and misbehavior" said the student council. Lets all sing together: "Blame America! Blame America!" (hopefully you've seen the Southpark movie and heard this
posted by mathowie
on Feb 10, 2000 -