coarseness update

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 8 18:14:00 UTC 2012

> crapload

The older, IME, "boatload" is too close to "buttload," perhaps. Or,
maybe, the intention is to go all the way to "shitload," in time.
Comedy Central stopped bleeping "shit" years ago, when it was still
the Comedy Channel.

IAC, "crapload" annoys the hell out of me. It's just too "nice-nasty,"
as the colored say.

FWIW, Ellen Degeneres, when she feels like it, greets her audience
with "Hello, bitches!" and has been doing it for the past couple of
years or, maybe, longer. I watch her show only when I'm at the
doctor's office"Bitch" no longer kicks much ass in Middle America,
apparently. And TV shows like "Punk'd" have weakened its impact.
Besides, "punk" is homophobic - Unca Sam ain' gon' *be* no pawnk! -
whereas "bitch" is merely sexist.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

On Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 10:29 AM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at> wrote:
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> In one day alone:
> A Volt owner says in a TV commercial that a Volt can "save you a crapload
> of money."
> And middle-aged businessguy Peter Kiernan is interviewed on CNN about his
> hot-selling _Becoming China's Bitch_.
> Quasi-obscene? Sexist? Sinophobic? Homophobic? (why not "China's Punk"?)
> You judge.
> "Instinct disowns each darkening prophecy" - Melville.
> JL
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