From Pine View Farm

Public Discourse . . . 1

. . . has gone right into the crapper.

Karen D’Souza discusses this in the San Jose Mercury-News. A nugget:

Certainly the ranks of words that once were verboten but now seem ho-hum are growing. Kelly Clarkson was nominated for a Grammy for her pop hit “My Life Would Suck Without You.” Hit Girl, the pint-size killing machine in the movie “Kick Ass,” is proud of her potty-mouth patois. Even that bastion of good taste, The New Yorker, recently featured a cartoon with two whales bemoaning that they should have “grown feet and kicked ass.”

My older son was horrified when I informed him of the history of the term “sucks.”

It never occurred to him.

Critical linguistic analysis does not seem to be a trait of the young. (I’m getting old; he’s a Captain in the Army and not young any more. I’m even more not younger.)

He still didn’t stop saying it, though.


1 comment

  1. Karen

    May 3, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Where’d you find that history, because I don’t know either.