[Ads-l] WOTY? The p-word

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Sat Oct 8 18:22:09 EDT 2016


Is there now no unprintable N-word?  In one of its articles today, the NY Times printed in full tit, pussy, and fuck.  (Although the F-word -- and the N-word -- have appeared not infrequently before.  I haven't searched for the T-word or the P-word.)

Joel
      From: Robin Hamilton <robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM>
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Yup.  Not as if he failed to wear an American Flag pin on his lapel.

The Guardian here (as well as cheerfully printing "pussy" and "fuck"
unasterisked) published a full transcript of his (two?) apologies -- truly
jaw-dropping.

I found the apologies more unnerving than the original (linguistically) banal
material -- he *knew* he was saying that, and that people would be watching?
 Huh ....

Still, for what it's worth, it's given a few more upper-echelon Elephants an
excuse to desert the drowning rat.

I'm reminded of Robert Henryson's fable of "The Puddock and the Mouse".

R.

> 
>    On 08 October 2016 at 22:00 Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
> wrote:
> 
> 
>    >Dream on.
> 
> 
>    A woman who hosts a Republican radio talk show on explained to CNN that if
>    the video had been made in the past few weeks, it would be troubling. But
>    it was eleven years ago, and Mr. T---p has changed.
> 
>    A middle-aged woman who supports T---p told CNN what she thinks of the
>    video. A slight paraphrase of her answer:
> 
>    "Donald Trump is an American man! That's how men talk! Why are you holding
>    him to a higher standard?"
> 
>    JL
> 
> 
> 

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