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gosh darn it!

American slang is really funny. Especially when they want to swear, but can’t since it wouldn’t be proper. In this case, they use similar-sounding, but inoffensive words like Gosh, Darn, Heck, Sheesh, Jeez and Fudge.

So Heck is where you go if you don’t believe in Gosh. You’re basically darned for all eternity. Jeez, you’ve really fudged the Sheesh up this time.

For some reason, it’s not dirty if you say these sweet versions, even though you’re obviously expressing and using the meaning of the Dirty Seven Words.

Interestingly, “sucks” wasn’t considered dirty at all at first. As it was just a “nonoffensive word for suction” which then started to gain a slang meaning related to fellatio. But with increased popularity and usage, it has outgrown its sexual connotations, and is now considered a a “PG“-phrase.

Actually, the American film rating system gives an idea of how bad the various expletives are. The exact criteria are not known, though some general guidelines seem clear:

– if a film uses “one of the harsher sexually-derived words” (such as fuck) once, it remains eligible for a PG-13 rating, provided that the word is used as an expletive and not in a sexual context;
– if such language is used more than once, or once if in a sexual context, it usually receives an R rating;
– a reference to drugs usually gets a movie a PG-13 at a minimum, though a few movies were rated PG for mild drug references;
– a “graphic” or “explicit” drug scene earning a film an R at a minimum;
while total female nudity is permitted in an R-rated movie, any display of naked male genitalia will (usually) result in an NC-17 rating. Non-sexual male nudity is the one exception.

It could be fun to dub a film like Pulp Fiction so that all the expletives would be substituted with these acceptable words. Of course, there’s still the graphic drug scenes, violence and sex, but at least they can’t fault the language…

Weekend at last!

Since it is now officially weekend (woo-hoo!), today’s excitement will be totally silly.

Item A: The Hasselhoffian Recursion!

Item B: New Windows Features!

By the way, have you considered how many good English words the computer business has ruined for us? No longer can you say “she has nice features” without it sounding vulgar to some degree. No longer can you say “There are bugs in the breadbox” without hinting at some part of the breadbox not working according to design – though, obviously, actual live bugs in the breadbox would be a sign of some faulty part… oh, never mind.

Various tidbits..

I’m still having trouble getting my laptop on the internet, so I can’t post pictures from yesterday’s big Manchester football game (notice the supremely silly headline). It was freezing cold, but the stadium and the game was suitably impressive.

oh, since it is Valentine’s Day today, I suppose I should treat all of you to a poem.

roses are #FF0000
violets are #0000FF
all my base
are belong to you

Now, this is not meant to be dirty, but I’d say that if you can identify the various references in this, you’d be geeky enough not to take note of it. For the rest of you, there are hints available.

The meaning of life?

While I was in Spain this summer, I more or less accidentally stumbled upon the bargain of a lifetime:

pretty cheap, huh?

Interestingly enough, the receipt is from the “Torre de la Calahorra” – a museum in Córdoba dedicated to the Arabic cultural heritage in southern Spain. Did you know, that around the year 1100 AD, Córdoba was one of the biggest cities in Europe, and was home to the leading philosophers of that era? It’s not something that we hear a lot about these days of frightful moslem terror (or however might be labeled). Among these erudite philosophers were Averröes (also known as Ibn Rushd), Maimonides (who was jewish, and thus evidence of the much praised “tri-cultural” society that existed in Spain before the final advent of the Castillian kings) and Ibn Arabi. They were proponents of a sort of religious humanism that sounds very much like the humanism of the later renaissance.

But not only that, they also managed to work out the meaning of life. Not a lot of people seem to be too interested in that, these days. “It’s been done before” or “It’s too overexposed” the cynics say. But, really, the question is: Would we really appreciate it if we knew?

I hardly think so. So even though I bought it and brought back to Denmark with me, I don’t think there is a lot of people who would like what it says. It’s probably not supposed to be liked, but even so, I am disinclined to reveal it.

Okay, one hint:

“.. the most frequently repeated teaching in the Qu’ran is to make the effort to think things out for yourselves.” – Averröes