Tag: Cursing

The Joy of Filters, Foreign Language Edition


ID_TS_PERRO_PIANO_AP_001I am sure I cannot be the only member of Ricochet who was, in fact, shocked and deeply disappointed to learn that family-friendly Pat Sajak cusses a lot. I am utterly unable to reconcile this with the Pat Sajak I thought I knew. How could this be?

I was even more shocked and disappointed that certain members of Ricochet took advantage of this revelation to use words that, frankly, caused me to faint. I was particularly dismayed by the excuse that these were foreign vulgarities, and thus not subject to Ricochet’s Code of Conduct. In fact, I was obliged to faint twice: once in French and once in German. I warn members of Ricochet that I am capable of fainting in Yiddish — don’t you even try! — and in quite a number of other languages, including Spanish, Italian, Russian, and Turkish. This is true even if the only thing I know how to do in those languages is faint.

Once I had revived, however, with the aid of my fan and my smelling salts, I took the opportunity to reflect. Not long ago, a dear Turkish friend visited me here in Paris. He is a rare thing: a perfect bilingual. His English would sound to you like that of an American native, and his Turkish sounds just as much like a native’s to a Turk.

Michigan Town Issues $200 Fine for Swearing


shutterstock_57708913What the flaming heck is going on in Brighton, Michigan? If you curse near one of their city-owned playgrounds, the cops will give you a ticket and a steep fine. That just burns my biscuits.

Colin Andersen, age 19, swore at a police officer for giving his buddy a skateboarding ticket. (I guess skateboarding is a crime after all.) For some reason Andersen was surprised that the officer didn’t approve and was shocked to receive a ticket and a $200 fine for disorderly conduct.

“What got me to start arguing a little bit, they were asking all of us to leave because he got a ticket,” Andersen said. “That’s not fair. We’re just standing around.”