Quote: Tursiops @ 18th June 2019, 12:23 PM
Mark Steel wins twitter:
I think Mark Steel has summed up a complicated situation with remarkable efficiency and no little aplomb.
I'm quite sure that if his sentiments were repeated verbatim during a stand-up comedy set, he'd get a huge round of applause.
His continual repetition of the c-word may offend some sensitive readers and/or listeners but it should be borne in mind that the word was some time ago demoted from its historic position as the most offensive word in the English language.
So enormous is the gap between the c-word and its successor that you'd need the Hubble telescope to see one of them if you were standing adjacent to the other.
The effect of its catastrophic demotion in the obscenity rankings is that the once-unspeakable c-word has become relatively mild and is now almost the go-to noun when seeking to describe an unpleasant person.
As Bob Dylan said at the beginning of the century, things have changed.