Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Is feck an acceptable word?
James Joyce used it 'They had fecked cash out of the rector's room.' James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist, in this case it means they stole.
It is not uncommon for school teachers and some members of the religious order to use the word 'feck' as an expletive in Ireland thus demonstrating the word's peculiarity in meaning to Ireland where it does not equate to the word 'f**k' as many people outside Ireland tend to think. This is from wikipedia.
When does language become wrong?
One thing I have observed is that people notice if you don't swear.
I believe that you shouldn't swear in front of people if you think it will offend them.
I was reading this in 2 Kings 18:27, "But Rabshakeh said unto them, Hath my master sent me to thy master, and to thee, to speak these words? hath he not sent me to the men which sit on the wall, that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own piss with you?"
Obviously at some point piss was an acceptable word but now it's not one I would let my children use!
Where did it all go wrong for piss?
I worked with a woman who used to say "oh fish" when things went wrong, I am looking forward to the day fish becomes a swear word....