Yesterday, it was The Advocate; today, it’s another LPI publication, Out (or OUT) magazine, again with two pieces of interest for this blog in the latest (October 2014) issue: one on straightsplaining, one on gay bookstores.
Archive for the ‘Taboo language and slurs’ Category
Jeremy and his buddy Pierce, and the slang euphemism lady parts.
In collecting material for a Page on this blog on webcomics (more Traugott & Zwicky research), I came across Leisure Town, which is not particularly language-oriented, but has had a series of parodies of Dilbert in which X-rated language (with a gay twist) figures prominently. (Yes, a combination of the comics, parody, taboo language, and gay porn — an obvious winner for me. Parodies of comics are common — some are here — and gay male comics are abundant indeed, and here we see them together.)
I’ll review the story of Tristan Farnon’s Leisure Town and its Dilbert detour and then exhibit two of the parodies — visuals from Dilbert, but with X-rated captions.
It originally came to me through Chris Hansen on Facebook, in this remarkable two-part image:
along with this story (by “Happy Gilmore”) from August 12th, reporting:
Welsh Fried Chicken Brand Defends Logo: Food Company defends its controversial new logo after customers complain about its phallic and unusual design reports Walesonline.co.uk
The owner of the Dirty Bird Brand has stated that the logo was just a unique way to change the “B” and the “D” look like a small rooster.
… The food company has also started using posters that state ” Touch My Thigh” and “Touch My Breasts” … Although, Dirty Bird owner Neil Young has backed his statements that these were not meant to be obscene.
Dirty Bird let http://www.metro.co.uk know that the images were in no way meant to upset their customers … They wanted a fun way to portray a rooster. That’s all.
Those in doubt should check out the artists tumblr page – Mark James
Yesterday I reported on Fortnum & Mason’s use of queen in an advert in support of Gay Pride: “Proud to be the queens’ grocer”, with the plural possessive of the common noun queen, rather than the singular possessive of the proper noun Queen. Not everyone is entirely comfortable with this use of queen, seeing it as an offensive and demeaning slur. But the import of words, even slurs and other problematic vocabulary, depends crucially on context — on who’s using them, in what circumstances, for what purposes. Given that, you can read F&M’s queens’ as affectionate, in fact celebratory.
Four items from the front matter in today’s New York Times Magazine: the compound poolside memoirs; the euphemism go to Spain; the term binky ‘pacifier'; and citronella for warding off mosquitoes.
Now at the Jewish Museum in New York (through September 21st), an exhibition of Mel Bochner‘s recent conceptual art. From the NYT on May 2nd, in “Secret Power of Synonyms: Mel Bochner Turns Up the Volume in ‘Strong Language’ ” by Ken Johnson:
Words have been the subjects and primary constituents of the enigmatic yet acerbically provocative paintings Mel Bochner has been creating over the past 12 years. “Mel Bochner: Strong Language,” an elegantly produced exhibition at the Jewish Museum, gives them their due and traces their roots back to text-based works that Mr. Bochner created in the ’60s and early ’70s, when he was one of New York’s pre-eminent Conceptual artists.
This morning: a classic Doonesbury on foul language; a Rhymes With Orange citing the spurious “rule” that an English clause must not end in a preposition; and a Zippy looking back at an ad icon of the 1940s and 50s (“drink more flavored liqueurs”, says Judge Arrow).
The current flurries over Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling are rich veins of overt and coded racist language, explored at great length in the news. That provides me with an opening to post today’s Scenes From a Multiverse, entitled “Racism 2.0″ (you’ll notice that I’ve been experiencing an avalanche of recent cartoons of linguistic interest; sometimes they come in clumps or waves):
And the Hispanics / Latinos. And the Arabs / Muslims. And…