Australian Lefty on Politics, Governance, Science and Info Management

Please don’t sully smegging good posts you gimboids

Posted by Dave Bath on 2009-01-30

I can totally understand why some bloggers get annoyed, and let off steam with expletives.  I understand the utility of generic intensifiers.  But unfortunately, it puts some of us off your otherwise excellent posts and deters me from including it in shared posts… so here is one suggestion for something more subtle, while obviously insulting, with hints of even greater disgust.

Smeg, smeghead.

The etymology of "smeg" in the comedy series "Red Dwarf" is simply that it sounded like a good anglo-saxon expletive to the writers…. or so they claim.

But… enough people know a bit of biology and cannot help associating it with smegma.

Just the standard definitions of smegma are enough to make "smeghead" seem totally disgusting, MUCH worse than being covered in faeces or vomit and not wanting to wash it off.

Over the fold is a description and a link to something possibly unsuitable for children or those with sensitive stomachs to make my point even clearer.

If you look at the wikipedia definition of smegma, you’ll see a photo of a human penis with lots of smegma over it, indicating that the area hasn’t been cleaned in some time.

While this "cheese" does have a biological function, it does provide a good medium for growth of micro-organisms, and there is even a little evidence that the combination of the smegma and micro-organisms on unhygenic (particularly uncircumcized) males is associated with an increase in genital cancers in themselves, as well their partners.

So, now do you see why "smeg", "smeghead" and other derivatives can seem completely disgusting by association with a similar sounding word, while still being child-friendly because you can always truthfully tell the kiddywinks that it is a made-up word from a comedy series.

And if they say it to their teacher or in a supermarket, the worst hearers can legitimately say about the kid’s family is that the kids are allowed to watch a fairly innocent British comedy involving a robot and a highly-evolved cat.

Can you see how "smeghead" suggests a filthy dickhead at the least?

Can you see how "smegging" can indicate that something sullies anything it brushes up against?

As I said, I understand people’s freedom to write what they want in blogs.  I don’t care if writers with nothing useful to say use expletives I wouldn’t utter in front of my grandson.

But… when those posts do make a very worthwhile point, points that kids should take in and help them form a decent set of values, but the post includes strong expletives, I’m loathe to show it to them, to include a link (without the effort of warning) and extremely reluctant to include it in shared items where I cannot redact the text.

I grew up when you couldn’t put "bugger" on TV in any context, nor "bloody" unless referring to a battle or a car accident, and even then, it was usually avoided, so I cannot help recoiling when I see expletives that a much stronger like the f-bomb or worse, the c-bomb.

Yeah, it might be fair to say it’s my smegging problem, but it does make it smegging harder to concentrate on your arguments, you smegging smegheads.

I’m not here – scheduled post


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