PG-rated expletive

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jun 14 19:16:27 UTC 2012

I came across the following blog post:

"The Paper of Record's baffling insistence on sounding like a Bible school
day care director when it comes to profanity makes for an odd, oblique
reference today to "a PG-rated expletive." The offending phrase? "Screw
you." What the heck?"

Here's the original NYT article:

"In 2009, Mr. Patterson got into a dispute with a Republican state
lawmaker, Representative Wayne Christian, after Hurricane Ike destroyed Mr.
Christian’s beachfront home on the Bolivar Peninsula near Galveston a year
earlier. So that he and his neighbors could rebuild their houses, Mr.
Christian pushed to have the properties exempted from a state law that
prohibits building at the water’s edge on a public beach.

Mr. Patterson told The Houston Chronicle that the Legislature would have to
impeach him if it wanted such an exemption enforced, and he had no qualms
about being quoted in one of the biggest newspapers in Texas using a
PG-rated expletive in reference to Mr. Christian."


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