The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Thursday, July 01, 2004
Those Cheney fucks
Christine Pelisek of LA Weekly rounds up the media versions so you don't have to.
What did the old guy say?
As ever, the scansion is important. Fuck yourself is not idiomatic - certainly not in British English, and also, I suspect, in American English too. The idiomatic phrase is Go fuck yourself
Swearing and scansion are vitally linked, of course: the use of the Bono/Golden Globes expletive fucking  is a mere intensifier in meaning (rather than an attempt at Janet Jackson tit shock-horror), but its ubiquity in English speech is due to the satisfying rhythm it imparts. (In most cases, a proper adjective or adverb would serve even better - I'm pretty sure George Orwell decries the practice somewhere!)
The wide variety of versions printed by the various outlets surveyed by Pelisek only goes to show just how unreliable the media is; but a good part of that unreliability is due to the fallibility of witnesses. Which is given so pitiful a degree of recognition by the legal process .
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