27 Oct 2016

Australia legalizes 'the word'. Yes they've approved the use of the "F-bomb". Will the world follow suit?

The Curious Story of Malcolm Turnbull, the by Andrew P. StreetRecommended
Based on an article by Andrew P Street.
The unique beauty of swears is that they're marvellously versatile while also being refreshingly unambiguous. Telling someone that their work is of an unacceptable standard may be accurate, sure; but advising them to euphemistically ram said work into their southernmost hole adds an undeniable thrill to the conversation.

And thus the ruling on Tuesday by Sydney magistrate Geoffrey Bradd is great to hear, since it has determined that the use of my beloved f-bomb is legitimate language of protest and not offensive in a legal sense, when deployed in context.

As this blog will no doubt act as a source of information and instruction for generations to come, we shall use genteel alternatives for said f-word throughout, but readers from our distant, future should take note.
Please be assured that we actually effed and blinded all the time in our daily interactions, because we were so cool.

The best part is that deploying verbal sludge-blasts is now a legally recognised riposte to certain despicable persons and anti-marriage equality arguments generally.

This sets a spicy legal precedent ahead of what seems certain to be a whole lot of continuing protests after the same sex marriage plebiscite until it is humanely euthanized in the senate.

Most importantly, it recognises that abrasive language is useful, indeed valuable, and that the laws around its use have been used more often as a way to shut disagreeable people up than in recognition of delicate personal sensibilities - or, in the words of a solicitor "for too long been used as a social control applied disproportionately, marginalised and vulnerable people".

So now we know: swearing is a legitimate form of protest in Australia and language - and society - is the richer for it.

So let us f*** away with impunity, friends. However let's not waste 'the word' or use it frivolously. Its a word to be treated with reverence and used sparingly so that it doesn't loose its power.

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