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October 14th, 2010


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07:34 pm - This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps
I was driving down the A46 and Radio 2 started to play Fuck You by Cee-lo*. I'm thinking 'Oh No! Steve Wright in the Afternoon you have made a terrible error of judgement!' But they have changed the lyric to 'I'm like, forget you, and forget her toooo'.

On BB and MM my two favourite TV shows AMC just blank out the swearing with little silences. On British TV they mostly just have the swearing (that link is to 'Later with Jools Holland' on BBC2). It amuses me that on Wallander they don't use much Swedish swearing** (they just say 'fan' as far as I can tell, which seems to mean 'the devil') but the BBC subtitles are all 'Christ what a bloody bastard' etc.

* Incidentally here is a wonderful Cee-Lo version of Reckoner by Radiohead. Wait until he starts to sing - fantastic: 'because we separate'. (here is the original). Radiohead has the best cover versions.

** I like the way that 'Jovla amerikan' is translated in that table as 'fuckface'

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From:communicator
Date:October 14th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
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I thought that too, but then my daughter was in Russia with some Swedish people and they told her the opposite... so I dunno.

The one word they particularly blank out on BB and MM is 'fuck', and they don't use it very often, but in one or two situations where I don't think a different word would work.

Actually, I don't like to hear the c-word bandied about on telly.
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From:iainjcoleman
Date:October 14th, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
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In Scandinavian languages, the common strong sweary words tend to be about the devil rather than sex, genitals or excrement.
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From:communicator
Date:October 15th, 2010 06:40 am (UTC)
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You know, I always thought that, and then these friends of my daughter disagreed. But they might have been teasing her.
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From:cdybedahl
Date:October 15th, 2010 09:03 am (UTC)
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Or very young. Americanisms are creeping into the language from the youth end. For my generation at least, swear words are primarily based on Christianity and excrement, with a small sprinkling of genitals.
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From:communicator
Date:October 15th, 2010 09:20 am (UTC)
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I was wondering if you might read this and comment. You are right of course, they were very young.
(PS meant to say thanks for the inside info)

Edited at 2010-10-15 11:00 pm (UTC)
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From:iainjcoleman
Date:October 15th, 2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
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It's what my wife's always said. Mind you, it is possible that fashions have changed and younger folk now use different sweary words than old codgers like Wallander.
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From:communicator
Date:October 15th, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
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Yes, it's a shame really
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From:matgb
Date:October 16th, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
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He sang 'Forget You' on Later Life last week as well. Still a damn good song, but just a bit weird having got to know the original lyric.
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From:communicator
Date:October 17th, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
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He's got such a lovely voice too

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