How does radio in 2011 deal with this?

Peter Murray
Wed Mar 16 12:39:57 EDT 2011

I first heard the "F**k You" song on RDS in Italy, completely au
naturel. It isn't just that the Italians weren't hearing it in their
native tongue - I heard Puddle of Mudd's "She F**king Hates Me" on
RTE's 2FM in Ireland uncensored on the car stereo there, and even the
DJ commented "Sing along with the naughty bits .."


On Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 2:00 AM, Richard Chonak <> wrote:
> I don't think it matters whether there's some linguistic pattern among the
> vulgar and polite words.  That doesn't invalidate their categorization as
> vulgar or polite.  Like all language, such categorization is a social
> convention.   In a medium of social communication, there is good reason to
> acknowledge the favored or disfavored status of words, much as we
> acknowledge the standard or marginal status of word spellings and
> pronunciations.
> --RC
> On 03/16/2011 12:41 AM, A Joseph Ross wrote:
>> On 3/15/2011 1:06 PM, Doug Drown wrote:
>>> The word in question, however vulgar and reprehensible, is so
>>> ubiquitous nowadays that to censor it is almost tantamount to
>>> pretending it doesn't exist. What's needed, perhaps, is a reasoned
>>> public dialogue on the coarsening of American culture (which, in all
>>> probability, will be largely ignored).
>>> Sadly, yeah, I can envision the FCC waving the white flag. -Doug
>> Oh come on, vulgar and reprehensible. "Vulgar" words are simply the
>> short, Anglo-Saxon words for certain bodily functions and parts. Words
>> of Latin origin with the exact same meanings are "polite." It's a
>> remnant of the period following the Norman conquest of England, when the
>> language of the ruling class was "polite" and the language of the common
>> people was "vulgar."

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