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    Barbaric, backwards ancestor worship

    "The fetishization of "correct" English -- which is to say, white, wealthy English -- is in direct opposition to everything that makes English such a glorious drunkard's debauch of a language.

    English came to us from the inventive malapropism and linguistic entrepreneurship of its speakers: from Shakespeare, who coined words wholesale; to the working-class streets with their heterodox cursing and rhyming slangs.

    To demand the immobilization of this restless, incontinent language is a form of barbaric and backwards ancestor-worship. When the Michael Goves of this world tell "language" teachers that their job is to teach the kids in my neighbourhood to forego their innits and I wasn'ts and nuffinks, he is engaging in a kind of linguistic lapsarianism."

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    And this is why I think that the whole concept of "civilized folk" not using "cuss words" is downright silly.

    Free the word! And get those sticks out of yer bottoms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M. Montaigne View Post
    And this is why I think that the whole concept of "civilized folk" not using "cuss words" is downright silly.

    Free the word! And get those sticks out of yer bottoms.

    **** off.
    It is now my duty to completely drain you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianStraps View Post
    **** off.
    You're such a d**k.

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    There's a book on the history of "correct" usage - the overall message seems to be that the more stringent the rules created, the less qualifed was the person creating the rule to be pontificating on the subject.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M. Montaigne View Post
    You're such a d**k.
    Yeah, but at least I don't **** a ***** until **** and ***** ******, you ****.
    It is now my duty to completely drain you.

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    Well, ***** ****** ****! And **** ******** ****** ****.
    That is all I'm saying on that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianStraps View Post
    Yeah, but at least I don't **** a ***** until **** and ***** ******, you ****.

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    If you looked like that...

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