Ich liege grade so ein bisschen krank im Bett – Grippe und gleichzeitig Zug an den Nieren (Aua!) –, da musste ich mir natürlich ein neues Buch auf mein Kindle laden, weil ich ja nichts zum Lesen habe. Wie auch immer: Melissa Mohrs Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing klingt auch ohne Grippe nach einem Must Read:
Holy Sh*t tells the story of two kinds of swearing–obscenities and oaths–from ancient Rome and the Bible to today. With humor and insight, Melissa Mohr takes readers on a journey to discover how “swearing” has come to include both testifying with your hand on the Bible and calling someone a *#$&!* when they cut you off on the highway. She explores obscenities in ancient Rome–which were remarkably similar to our own–and unearths the history of religious oaths in the Middle Ages, when swearing (or not swearing) an oath was often a matter of life and death.
Salon hat einen längeren Auszug daraus, hier die Geschichte des ersten dokumentierten Fucks:
Let’s take fuck, for example. Around 1790, a Virginia judge named George Tucker wrote a poem in which a father argues with his son the scholar, “‘G—d— your books!’ the testy father said, / ‘I’d not give ——— for all you’ve read.’” According to Jesse Sheidlower and Geoffrey Hughes, the third ——— is replacing “a fuck,” producing the first recorded example of the modern teenage mantra, “I don’t give a fuck.” This poem didn’t see the light of day until a scholarly edition of Tucker’s work in 1977. Tucker’s great-granddaughter published some of his poems in 1895, but she somehow didn’t see her way to including this one. By 1879, the evidence is less equivocal. A character in the mock Christmas pantomime “Harlequin Prince Cherrytop and the Good Fairy Fairfuck” (1879) declares, “For all your threats I don’t care a fuck. / I’ll never leave my princely darling duck.” (The panto relates the story of Prince Cherrytop, who has become enslaved by the Demon of Masturbation. The Good Fairy Fairfuck helps him conquer his addiction to self-abuse, so he can embrace the joys of holy matrimony with his betrothed, the Princess Shovituppa. It was written by an eminent journalist for the Daily Telegraph, whose work had also been published by Dickens and Thackeray.)
In 1866, a man swore in an affidavit that one Mr. Baker had told him he “would be fucked out of his money by Mr. Brown.” The notary who recorded the testimony editorializes, “Before putting down the word as used by the witness, I requested him to reflect upon the language he attributed to Mr. Baker, and not to impute to him an outrage upon all that was decent.” Luckily for us, the witness insisted he copy it down, outrage or no, and so we have the first recorded use of fuck meaning “cheat, victimize, betray.”
Amazon-Partnerlink: Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing
Schöner Supercut der HuffPo voller fluchender Kinder:
According to a new book about the history of swearing, babies often learn to curse before they have mastered the entire alphabet. Most children know one swear by age 2, but bad language development “really ‘kicks off’ around the ages of 3 or 4,” TIME reports.
Well sh*t, that can’t be good.
Shit, Piss, Fuck, Cunt, Cocksucker, Motherfucker and Dragons. Von Slacktory, hier noch ‘ne fucking Infografik dazu:
Every Fucking Website: „Title Tags are such a bunch of shit.“
[update] Aus dem Quelltext:
<meta name=”keywords” content=”some SEO bullshit, I can’t believe we paid 500 bucks for this crap, the SEO ‘consultant’ wasn’t even wearing real shoes, how did he trick us into this voodoo, we can’t even find the damn thing with search when we type in the entire front page of text into google along with the domain name”>
<meta name=”description” content=”Some crap that marketing gave us. The intern probably wrote it on a napkin while they were all out playing polo and getting drunk at 11am on a Wednesday.”>
Hihi, Coder auf GitHub beim Ausrasten. Könnte ich den ganzen Tag lesen:
- Change admin port to 6666 because fuck you
- Revert “fuck yeah, some fontz bro” This reverts commit bdd176631fc8894977acd1ff83cae431b24be23f. stop fucking my shit up
- FULLSCREEN BITCHES
- OMG MATH DID SOMETHING WRONG! HOLYSHITHOLYSHITHOLYSHITHOLYSHITH…
Vorher auf Nerdcore:
Tour of a fucking Cruise Ship
Ihr erinnert Euch an Watson, die AI, die damals bei Jeopardy gewonnen hatte? Kurz danach wollten sie seine Sprachausgabe verbessern und natürlicher klingen lassen, also hat Watson das Urban Dictionary gescannt und daraufhin seine Wissenschaftler beschimpft, so dass sie ihm einen Sprachfilter für Schimpfworte programmieren mussten. Die Story ist wahrscheinlich ziemlich hochgejazzt – wenn da steht, dass Watson „even reportedly used the word ‘bullshit’“, dann dürfte insgesamt nicht allzuviel passiert sein –, aber ich mag die Idee einer fluchenden AI sehr.
2011, shortly after Watson’s reign as Jeopardy! champ, Brown taught Watson the Urban Dictionary. What could’ve been another landmark for Watson — being able to participate and enjoy in a full conversation using natural, informal human language — turned out to be a step in the wrong direction. […]
Watson unfortunately learned all of the Urban Dictionary’s bad habits, including throwing in overly-crass language at random points in its responses; in answering one question, Watson even reportedly used the word “bullshit” within an answer to one researcher’s question. Brown told Forbes that Watson picked up similarly bad habits from reading Wikipedia.
In the end, Brown and his team were forced to remove the Urban Dictionary from Watson’s vocabulary, and additionally developed a smart filter to keep Watson from swearing in the future.
Nord-Koreaner haben einen Weg gefunden, die Geburtstagsfeierlichkeiten für Kim Jong-Un subversiv zu verarschen, indem sie mit ‘nem kleinen Sprachtrick zum „Fucking Birthday“ gratulieren. Go, North Korea!
Luckily, the people of the North have found a way to inject a little humour into the routine. January 8th is pronounced in Korean as ‘ilpal’ (one-eight). But the Korean word for eighteen, ‘sippal’, happens to be a homophone of the swear-word ‘f**king’. Pyongyang residents have decided to take advantage of this pun. They are referring to Kim Jong-un’s birthday as the ‘f**king birthday celebrations’, and compulsory apple-picking days as ‘f**king Apple-Picking Days’.
Among some groups of trusted friends, it goes further than that: Kim Jong-un is referred to as ‘f**king comrade’, ‘f**king Marshal or ‘f**king Kim the Third’. In the North Korean context, blasphemy of Kim – even in a private setting – is a big deal. Even a few years ago, North Koreans would have never cracked such jokes about their leader.
Mr.Bingo aus England hatte vor einem Jahr die Idee zu einem Hate Mail-Service, seit dem hat er über 400 Fuck Yous auf alten Postkarten verschickt und mittlerweile gibt’s das Projekt auch als Buch. Ihr Pissnelken.
In April 2011 he launched a service on his website, where, for a small payment, he would send his customer a vintage postcard with one of his iconic drawings and an offensive message on the back. So the purchaser gets a much sought-after original signed drawing, the postman gets a laugh and the world gets a little bit happier.
Amazon-Partnerlink: Hate Mail
Toller Spaß mir Stats: WTFLevel analysiert die Twitter-Timeline auf den Anteil der Fucks und Shits und WTFs und berechnet daraus den WTFLevel, sowas wie einen Defcon-System für Fuckshit-Arghs inklusive API und Scripten, die man auf seiner Seite einbinden kann. Im Moment schwanken wir so zwischen milder Rumflucherei und Hasstiraden, für Netzverhältnisse also ziemlich friedlich.
WTFLevel.com is a project to track and monitor the amount of swearing on Twitter at any given moment. It’s mostly a humorous attempt to get an idea of how aggravated the planet is at any moment. We continuously check Twitter for references to a list of swear words. The list is private to prevent anyone from trying to manipulate the system, but as an example, the Seven Dirty Words are all on the list. At the moment, the list is made up of only swears in English. Every 10 seconds we total up the count of all tweets containing a swear, and figure out the rate of sweary tweets from that. The stats on the website are updated in real-time with any new data. […]
Using the Twitter Streaming API, I scan tweets for a collection a swear words and other curse-like expressions. I calculate two values from that data: the rate of tweets which contain swears to those that do not contain swears, and also the magnitude of sweariness in those tweets. For example, a tweet with more swears in it has a higher magnitude than one which only has one swear in it.
Fuckfinger-Schlüssel von The Good Worth. Eine von diesen Ideen, auf die man hätte selber kommen müssen und bei denen man sich wundert, warum’s nicht schon längt Fick-Dick-Schlüssel gibt. Kosten auch nur 8 Dollar, ich vermute aber, dass Kwikset K1-Schlösser eher in den USA verbreitet sind… wobei ich mich da so gar nicht auskenne. Jedenfalls: ZOMGFUCKFINGERSCHLÜSSELWANTZ! (via spOffline)
From thee old-timey MIT-Fun-Server: Shakespeare Insult Kit! Thou impertinent elf-skinned nut-hook! Dürfte irgendwo aus den 90ern stammen, wenn Ihr also schon immer mal Aaaaaalt in die Comments semmeln wolltet, jetzt ist die ideale Gelegenheit dazu. (via Wil Wheaton)