I’m in danger of being banned from boards.ie for using bad words.
Isn’t that great?
They have this automatic filter thing that converts your comment if you use a word on their proscribed list of ultra-dangerous seriously-injurious vowel-consonant-sequences.
Should you utter a vowel-consonant-sequence that disturbs the boards.ie fuckometer, it will turn your vowel-consonant-sequence into asterisks automatically.
Furthermore, should you seek to circumvent their fuckometer by using alternative spellings, such as mutherphuqqer, or qoqsuqqer, you’ll find a moderator instructing you to moderate your language.
Here’s the thing.
While the fuckometer detects words like fuck, and shit, it has no problems with words such as copulate and defecate.
And this suggests to me that there’s a hidden agenda at work in the greater PC world, an agenda related to accessibility and educational background.
It suggests to me that the PC world is a comfort blanket for the condescending classes who would never dream of coming into contact with those who neither know nor care what copulate and defecate mean.
It suggests to me that the boards.ie fuckometer has nothing whatever to do with protecting anyone from ugly words and everything to do with protecting the comfortable classes from those they’d rather patronise.
This line of thinking is hundreds of years old and has its linguistic origins in the arrival of the Normans to Britain. French, a language heavily influenced by the Latin lexicon, was the language of the rulers, whereas Saxon was that of the underclass, and therefore over the centuries, Latinisms came to be regarded as superior to Anglo-Saxon linguistic forms in certain circles.
This was bollocks, of course, but unfortunately it has persisted to the present day, and has found its extremes in the United States, from where all on-line etiquette is dictated.
And thus we have the comments policy of boards.ie.
To the guys who run Boards.ie, I offer the following suggestion: lads, would you please think seriously about this silly policy?
We aren’t in America.
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