Friday, February 15, 2008

The Jack Sack Studies Language: The C-Word!

Let's get a few things straight-- I don't use profanity here on The Jack Sack. Why? Because I think in terms of written humor, it can be a cop-out. There have been times that I've written something and thought "Man, an f-bomb would fit perfectly here." But it's at that point that I realize that I'm probably making a very mediocre joke. So, I'll delete the whole thing sentence and start over.

Now, that doesn't mean I'm a prude or a wholesome guy. I think using curse-words in conversation is a lot more fun and funny. Especially when they show up unexpected. On network television. On a morning show. Oh yes.

Jane Fonda dropped the "c-word" yesterday on NBC's brain-sucking "Today Show," watch and enjoy (obviously don't watch if you're offended by the word):

Am I the only one that finds the apology at the end of the clip funnier than the actual curse-word? Host Meredith Vieira says "In our last half hour, we were talking about 'The Vagina Monologues' and Jane Fonda inadvertently said a word from the play that you don't say on television." Now, I'm sorry but that quote kills me on several levels. 1) Vieira says "vagina" which makes me giggle (and admit it, you giggle too). 2) I picture someone just tuning in 30 minutes later and seeing this apology and going to YouTube to see what he missed, thus calling extra attention to the incident. 3) Vieira apologizes on behalf of Jane Fonda? Now that is funny.

Now, if you really want to know the origins and meanings of the "c-word," hop a click right here and enjoy a Wikipedia article on the subject.

UPDATE: A year ago, I did post an entry with a decent amount of profanity, it was called "The Bauer Situation" and it featured a salty-tongued Pulp Fiction character. You can't spoof Tarantino without cursing. Sorry, if I was a hypocrite earlier.


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