5.11.07

i swear...

i've been thinking about language lately, and the universal nature of the word 'fuck' - understood in almost any language, especially when followed by the word 'you'. i've also been thinking about how much i swear, kidding myself that i don't swear that much.

well, here it is in millions of colours:









so, i've decided that, in the spirit of ramadan, lent and other ascetic festivals of a religious nature, i'm going to abstain from swearing for one week.

wish me fuck luck.

14 comments:

john dodds said...

No fucking way!

helen said...

Good luck - have you planned any replacement words?

Angus said...

Dude, why??!! Don't leave me alone on this island of vulgarity! I'll fuckin' die without you.

lauren said...

doddsy - yes way!

helen - i'm hoping for a change of tone, rather than just translating words. although i've always got the stringray (from neighbours) back-up plan - "spiggin' huffter" and "go get focaccia-ed"

angus - dear, don't worry too much, it's only for a week. and believe me, i'm not giving up vulgarity, just profanity. i'm australian - vulgarity, filth and obscenity are in my blood!

loulou said...

I think you should use archaic english phrases instead like 'fiddlesticks!'

charlie gower said...

I used to swear a great deal and I've found it's more fun to use a kind of instant torrents lucky dip. When I swear, if I have say hit my thumb with a hammer I say the first series of words which pop into my head from; minced moomin heads to leaping lecherous leprechauns.

Try it, you won't believe what comes out.

Sam said...

replacement words ROCK. But swearing is cool as well. "Hi my name's Lauren, and I'm a fuckin addict"

Marcus said...

good.

lauren said...

i'm doin' OK so far - it's easier in print than it is in real life - especially when i get cross at something. marcus, you and your 15th level of hell made me swear. and my own version of dante's inferno has unleashed a bit of sweariness today. but boy have i cut back! i don't know how long it'll last, but it's fun trying it out for a while.

sublime-ation said...

Ah fuck.

Lucky you don't work in Aboriginal art. Everybody swears a whole fucking lot.

lauren said...

countin' my lucky stars as we speak sub... any other week i'd be fine, but this week, working in Aboriginal art and not swearing would be a gnarly task!
hey sub - you goin' to the peninsula any time soon? i'm hangin' out there most of the time - be great to ketchup.

well fed well read said...

i love fiddlesticks. how funny. what about corr blimey and bugger, are they allowed? what about saying things like freakin instead of fxxcking? I swear a lot as well, but I must say i was most shocked to hear you say motherfxxcker in front of your nana. especially seeing as you yelled it rather than said it.

Age said...

what the fuck? seriously, fuck off. I don't believe it's possible.

fuck me...

lauren said...

sar, freakin' doesn't count, except it if it's in the context of 'argh, my freakin' ears!'.. heh.
while i'm trying to cut out swearing, i'm not a reformed swearer and believe deeply in the authenticity of swearing... heh.

you just wait conte, you just wait. :)