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Sven
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posted 28 July 2005 02:13 AM      Profile for Sven     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
There was a (very lengthy) thread discussing swearing on babble (120+ posts).

I'm not so sure that swearing, per se, is so bad. I think it's the rudeness of many posters that more problematic.

If someone says, "That's a fucked-up idea. It makes no sense. Here's why..." It's a lot different than "Fuck you, asshat."

So, I don't think swearing is necessarily good or bad, by itself. I think the more important issue is the incivility that often accompanies swearing that is the real problem.

Babblers, do you find it easier to be harsher, if not incivil, to someone with whom you are having a dialogue with via a board like this than if you were talking with the person face to face? Personally, I think the relative (or complete) anonymity of the Internet fosters some very bad behavior that would, in most instances, never occur in an in-person conversation.

[ 28 July 2005: Message edited by: Sven ]


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Cueball
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posted 28 July 2005 02:33 AM      Profile for Cueball   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Comparative to other boards Babblers are pretty tame.
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Raos
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posted 28 July 2005 02:42 AM      Profile for Raos     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Although speaking of 'asshat' what exactly does that mean? Is it a reference to somebody having their head up their ass?
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Sven
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posted 28 July 2005 02:47 AM      Profile for Sven     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Raos:
Although speaking of 'asshat' what exactly does that mean? Is it a reference to somebody having their head up their ass?

It's funny you should ask that. I was thinking of that very same question the other morning in the shower (and came to the same conclusion you did). How odd is that? Not that we were thinking of the same thing but that I was thinking about "asshat" in the shower!


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Stargazer
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posted 28 July 2005 08:13 AM      Profile for Stargazer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

asshat has a tendency to do that Sven. I find the term absolutely hilarious, although assclown and assboat are close seconds.


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Cueball
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posted 28 July 2005 08:15 AM      Profile for Cueball   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yup there it is Asshat. Someone with their head up their ass. So they are wearing their ass as a hat.
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Michelle
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posted 28 July 2005 08:26 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Assboat! Now that's funny.

Assclown and assboat crack me up more than asshat now - probably because asshat is used so much here that it has lost much of its zing for me.

Anyhow, the meaning behind "asshat", from what I've read in past threads, is that you call someone that when you think they have their head up their ass. So, in other words, they're wearing their ass as a hat.

Edit: Or, I could have read Cueball's comment just above mine.

[ 28 July 2005: Message edited by: Michelle ]


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Américain Égalitaire
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posted 28 July 2005 09:17 AM      Profile for Américain Égalitaire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
OK, asshat I get. But what about clown and boat? Anyone? (so much I don't know )
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Cueball
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posted 28 July 2005 09:21 AM      Profile for Cueball   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It a Canadian thing really A metamorphisis, the Asshat evolve... into... Mr. Canoe Head... Har har har har!

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Cueball
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posted 28 July 2005 09:26 AM      Profile for Cueball   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Mr Canoehead Vs. the Elevator
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Cueball
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posted 28 July 2005 09:27 AM      Profile for Cueball   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

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bigcitygal
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posted 28 July 2005 12:50 PM      Profile for bigcitygal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
One of the funniest "silly insults" my friends and I do is to call each other a "clown" but stretching out the word so it's more like 3 syllables "Are you a ka-lau-wne?"

Also, we use the extra-hilarious insult "Go back to clown school!"

P.S. to Cueball: now if only someone could photoshop a canoe-hat to a pic of Stephen Harper in a leather vest.....

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