I’ve realized that what this blog is missing are features and columns, so I’m gonna start one. It’s called “Curious:” and they’ll be little blurbs about things I find interesting or confusing about our culture or humanity as a whole.
So in today’s installment of Curious:
Well, I was watching a very special Clone High yesterday and they bleeped “fuck”. (I mean, yes, pretty much every show bleeps “fuck”) But it got me to thinking. Language is just groupings of sounds that we attach meaning to, and a large enough group of people agree on what the meaning of those sounds are. So, we’re all offended by the word “fuck” for some reason. BUT if you put a bleep there, we understand that the word is STILL “fuck!” So isn’t that bleep just a synonym for “fuck”? That bleep is also a sound.
Words do not have an innate power. It’s the people who project meaning on arbitrary sounds that give the words power.
And cause I have crazy ADD I’m gonna go off on a tangent! I’m also curious about why almost all the swear words have to do with sexual intercourse or bodily functions.
Fuck, Shit, Piss, Asshole, Cunt…
EDIT: My friend Nina showed me a Louis CK bit I hadn’t seen before about how when a news-person says “N-word” on television it automatically makes you think …. the N-word!. LANGUAGE IS THE COMMUNICATION OF MEANING THROUGH SOUND!!! so if we understand that N-word means N-word! Then aren’t they just getting away with saying the N-word on TV?