[Ads-l] WOTY? The p-word

Robin Hamilton robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM
Sat Oct 8 19:01:12 EDT 2016

Hm ... The Guardian and the NYT seem to have a relatively close, if informal,
relationship, but I'm surprised it's extended to the nuances of what is and what
isn't acceptable usage in a general context.

OTOH, while I was a *little* surprised to see the Guardian printing what they
did without pussyfooting around the issue, I would be astounded if they printed
"nigger", even heavily contextualised, and surrounded by quotes.  "The N-word"
remains the default here.  

Mind you, we have nothing on air, either audio or visual, corresponding to
Howard Stern, so it seems to me, from this afar, that there's a heavy relaxation
on air at the same time that there's much more caution in print, in the US of A.

Go figure.

We also lack a Rush Limbaugh, but we do have our very own Nigel Farrage, who
even managed to make it onto the platform of one of the Frog's rallies.


> On 08 October 2016 at 23:22 Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:
>     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>
>     Sent: Saturday, October 8, 2016 5:29 PM
>     Subject: Re: [ADS-L] WOTY? The p-word
>     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.

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