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Politics got you Down? Vaffanculo-day. FnA

I'm trying to find a down side to this. Nothing comes to mind.


Rude-word campaign rocks Italy's political classes

Sun Sep 9, 2007 5:43PM BST

By Robin Pomeroy

ROME (Reuters) - An Italian comedian's campaign using a rude word to tell off politicians has won the support of more than 300,000 Italians who signed petitions to sweep away a generation of lawmakers they say are corrupt and ineffective.

Popular comic Beppe Grillo has sent shock waves through the political system with the level of support for his campaign which, if successful, would bar convicted felons from parliament and would limit politicians' careers to two terms in office.

An estimated 40,000 people attended Grillo's rally in Bologna on Saturday and many more went to hundreds of similar "Vaffanculo-day" protests around the country. The word is the Italian equivalent of the "f"-word in English.

Gaining grassroots support via his website, one of Italy's most popular blogs, the 57-year-old comic said Italy needed a radical break from what he said was the political mismanagement of Italy since the end of fascism and World War Two.

"Nothing has changed since 1943. Then the king fled a nation in disarray, today politicians barricade themselves in palaces immersed in 'cultural' issues," said Grillo who, by the end of the protest in the early hours of Sunday claimed at least 300,000 signatures to his petition.

The manifesto contains three points: no one with criminal records should be allowed in parliament; a maximum of two terms for any parliamentarian; and lawmakers should be elected directly, not by the current party list system.

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It's thought that swearing first began as a form of 'word magic', connected to religion, in early civilisations. People were more likely to believe in divine beings who had the power to punish them. So people called on divine beings in order to curse people they didn't like. This became a tabooed use of language, and sometimes, just saying the name of the divine being was tabooed.

In Norse cultures, swearing, or 'flyting' as it was known, was a form of ritualistic entertainment. People would show off their creative skills, inventing clever insults for each other, in front of an appreciative audience. There's also a theory that swear-words are kept in a different part of the brain to other words, and these words come out automatically when we're very angry or emotional in some way - for example, if we hit our finger with a hammer. Some people who have damage to a part of the brain which means that they can't use language, can still swear. Tourette's syndrome, which is associated with people swearing uncontrollably, is also connected to damage in a part of the brain which is to do with control and inhibition. If our brains do have this special place which is reserved for swearing, then perhaps we have evolved swearing in our brains for a useful purpose - as an alternative to responding with violence when we get angry.

Campaigns to stop people from swearing in the past have only really had short-term successes - we now have more swearing on television than we did in the 1960s, despite campaigns by people like Mary Whitehouse and the NVLA (National Viewers and Listeners Association) to regulate language in the media. Increased exposure to swearing may mean that some swear-words lose their power to shock us, although it's likely that they will be replaced by newer words. It's certainly the case that many of the words that the NVLA disapproved of in the 1960s, no longer have the same power to shock or upset people. It would certainly pointless in banning swear-words altogether. Most people are aware about what sort of language is appropriate in specific contexts.
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Thats the sprite ! you have to just come out and say it sometimes FUCK fascism ! and then kick it in the balls !
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Coincidentally, today, we had a conversation at work over the origin of the word "Fuck". I always believed it was a corruption of the Shakespearean "Faugh" but another person said it came out of the Plague. The population had been so greatly reduced by the disease that 'Fornication Under Consent of the King' was the law of the land. I just checked Wikipedia and it said he was a stupid cunt and I will so inform him the next time we work together. The leading candidate for "Fuck" is none other than our little Vonster and his merry Norwegians..."Fukka: To copulate".

Apparantly, "Faugh" is either an expression of disgust or a Hurling Team. That sounds like something I could get behind.

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Apparantly, "Faugh" is either an expression of disgust or a Hurling Team.
I try to disgust someone every time I hurl.
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Fuck this thread, as a matter of fact fuckity, fuck, fuck.
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Coincidentally, today, we had a conversation at work over the origin of the word "Fuck". I always believed it was a corruption of the Shakespearean "Faugh" but another person said it came out of the Plague. The population had been so greatly reduced by the disease that 'Fornication Under Consent of the King' was the law of the land. I just checked Wikipedia and it said he was a stupid cunt and I will so inform him the next time we work together. The leading candidate for "Fuck" is none other than our little Vonster and his merry Norwegians..."Fukka: To copulate".

Apparantly, "Faugh" is either an expression of disgust or a Hurling Team. That sounds like something I could get behind.
In honour of your enlighten state now you understand who your overlords are , we present you with your own Norse Helmet to be worn with pride when you stand with the giants , and it's now OK for you to hit on our chicks , Hail Von Dig , to be know to us as Digmenow the eater of babies .
"Hon varr Draconian, gamla vis Hruga uskit'r."
I am a Draconian and thou art less than a heap of s__t.
"Gamla lombungr, sugandi toti tik madr."
Thou art morons, sucking at the teat of your bitch dog mother.
"Mikill Wotan! Doni langaspjot viti!"
Praise Odin! They're downwind of us!
This one is my favorite for personal combat:
"Kringlaugd wierd, ein spadi for qvoki ne skeifr drpr munni ne svinhqfdi!"
Gaze upon thy destiny, with this sword I will cleave your lying maggot mouth from your swine head!

Ok then - here is some sentences for picking up norwegian girls:

Du har nydelige øyne - you have beutifull eyes

Du lukter så godt - you smell really good

Du er så annerledes - you are so different from everybody else (a sure winner..)

Jeg spanderer en øl - i'll buy you a beer (norwegian girls like beer)

Jeg blir så glad når jeg ser deg - I become happy when I see you

Du er nydelig - you are gorgeous!

And if there's no such luck:

Så stikk av di støgge fitte - then, fuck of you ugly cxxt

well, enjoy ... and put to good use! And remember, swearing is both big and clever.
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