October 15, 2003

The Casual Etymologist

Why exactly are 'bad words' bad? Who decided that 'fuck' was evil but 'rutabaga' - which, to me, sounds much dirtier - was perfectly fine? Look up 'rutabaga' in the dictionary sometime - thick, bulbous and fleshy are all words used to describe it. Surely, that's worse than 'fuck'. It seems so arbitrary.

Posted by Chris at October 15, 2003 11:50 AM