Effing the ineffable

I picked up a charity compilation a few years back which contained several songs in their “Clean Versions.” Seemed legit: someone willing to put up ten bucks for a Good Cause might not be so willing to hear Bad Words. And besides, it’s not like you can’t hear that stuff everywhere:

[O]veruse has robbed many of our current words of their shock value and power. When every other word is the four-syllable combo that implies the subject is Oedipus in full-on Jocasta-shipping mode, then a user loses the ability to use it to truly insult someone.

This works because it was used only once in 92 minutes, thereby making it unexpected:

(You might not want to crank the volume up at your workplace.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    16 November 2016 · 6:06 pm

    I’ve said before how I laughed for five solid minutes the first time I saw that bit in the unexpurgated version of the movie. (I had only seen the “network edit” previously).

  2. JT »

    16 November 2016 · 8:00 pm

    It still cracks me up to watch that partly because those who understand the joke find it even funnier.

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