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Stephen Fry considers how an alien would see our use of language

Stephen Fry considers how an alien would see our use of language

The strangeness of offensive language in the eyes of a different culture. Again, fucking Stephen Fry makes so much sense.

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Guest: (1437 days ago)
If you actually think about it, rather than just make an amusing gloss, it makes very good sense that things are as they are. **** is not a synonym for love, it probably comes from a word meaning 'to strike' and is a twisted version of something which ideally should be gentle and good. The worst things you can say are always corruptions of the most idealized ones. If we are religious the worst thing is blasphemy, if we are sensualists the unpleasant aspects of body functions. On the other hand we speak openly of horrible and unpleasant things which do not have this idea of corruption because it helps us to deal with what must be endured.
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If you actually think about it, rather than just make an amusing gloss, it makes very good sense that things are as they are. **** is not a synonym for love, it probably comes from a word meaning 'to strike' and is a twisted version of something which ideally should be gentle and good. The worst things you can say are always corruptions of the most idealized ones. If we are religious the worst thing is blasphemy, if we are sensualists the unpleasant aspects of body functions. On the other hand we speak openly of horrible and unpleasant things which do not have this idea of corruption because it helps us to deal with what must be endured.
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Guest: doofus (1437 days ago)
in short, a tendency to be drawn into a vortex of folding denial. A compulsion to be simultaneously close and apart from core issues that historically are difficult to address openly and honestly. Probably influenced by social norms.
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in short, a tendency to be drawn into a vortex of folding denial. A compulsion to be simultaneously close and apart from core issues that historically are difficult to address openly and honestly. Probably influenced by social norms.
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Guest: (1436 days ago)
Here's a simple experiment. Think of a common expression containing the word ******* Substitute the word 'love' and then 'abuse'. See which one changes the meaning.
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Here's a simple experiment. Think of a common expression containing the word ******* Substitute the word 'love' and then 'abuse'. See which one changes the meaning.
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Guest: (1436 days ago)
Only if you think love is honestly about abuse. People commonly abuse one another and call it love but that no more makes it so than when a glutton calls himself a gourmand.
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Only if you think love is honestly about abuse. People commonly abuse one another and call it love but that no more makes it so than when a glutton calls himself a gourmand.
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beans beans (1437 days ago)
Why would anyone want to **** Stephen Fry?
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Why would anyone want to **** Stephen Fry?
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Guest: (1437 days ago)
Because intelligence is sexy..
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Because intelligence is sexy..
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Guest: (1437 days ago)
Why wouldn't they?
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Why wouldn't they?
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London1 London1 (1437 days ago)
Aliens might come down and think war and killing is good. Just a thought.
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Aliens might come down and think war and killing is good. Just a thought.
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Guest: Green Ham? Come on! (1434 days ago)
Latest comment: Jesus!!! You can think? London1. Here I'm sitting, thinking you were a mindless Cnut!! oops..typo!
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Latest comment: Jesus!!! You can think? London1. Here I'm sitting, thinking you were a mindless Cnut!! oops..typo!
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