Date registered: Sep 2004
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RE: Why do the minority thinks the majority is wrong
Man, you sound ripe for a heart attack. Calm down, it's just the freaking INTERNET (is 'freaking' allowed?). Here's something a little less hysterical, though it will disappoint you red meat rubberneckers.
I've done most of my teaching in England, seen a lot of students, done a fair bit of international travel for research & talks. I've written a lot of stuff too. You think I'm educationally sub normal? Well, I sometimes think I am when I meet some other better scientists. And, admittedly, I'm not the best writer on this forum - Botnst, KV, Z & Kerry spring to mind, but who cares, I get by.
I'm with the Americans all the way on freedom of expression; we in the UK are medieval in comparison, and things are getting worse. Somebody in the Middle East doesn't like what I say? Tough. I don't delight in offending people, but I also don't like being told what I can and cannot say. You don't like it? Well, say so, and you have -that's part of it. The taboo words thing is decidedly odd, though - IMO it's a matter of personal taste, some find it ugly, some think it adds sparkle and vitality to expression. I find it mainly the latter, unless it is the only vocabulary one has, and ironically, children seem to be the worst offenders in this respect. There are plenty of internet discussion forums (fora?)where any use of language goes (an excellent one is the 'somethingawful' site) and are much the better for it - those guys make this forum look like a sad old geezer's club.
I do think you are quite wrong, if you are even remotely serious, to indulge in 'jock-bashing'. It's fine for its comedic value, and I have absolutely no objection to you selecting this or that aspect of Scotland and Scots for criticism (I'm no nationalist, btw), but lumping the entire population of a country together and vilifying them IS racism.
Anyone like to comment on the latter proposition?