Well, I do have a disagreement here. I don't think Jacek HAS mastered
English insults unless the level of bellicose adolescence is considered
mastery. They are, of course, insulting and obnoxious and boorish and
extremely uninteresting, but they lack wit. Perhaps this would be an
interesting topic to pursue: can wit really co-exist with dullness and
"F," for example--harsh but common. And with none of the outrageous fun
of, say, Glaswegian gritty humor for context. Or "stupid woman."
A collapse of language into dull cliche. Surely mastery would offer
something better. Or the silly, 15-year-old amusement in crude references
to women--pretty undeveloped for university age. I do think perhaps Jacek
should read more sophisticated comedy or try for some mild originality,
but I cannot really hope.
We, however, may find our way to some understanding of the witless mind.
I'm sure he will now provide many samples for analysis.
Date sent: Thu, 20 Feb 2003 18:50:55 -0500
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From: "D.Gregory Griffith" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: This won't help, but neither will silence
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If you're going to be insulting and obnoxious, you should think about
removing your home address and phone number from your posts. --Greg--
Jacek Niecko wrote:
> F you too, Steve
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> Sent: Thursday, February 20, 2003 6:06 PM
> Subject: This won't help, but neither will silence
> > In a message dated 2/20/2003 5:32:20 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> [log in to unmask] writes:
> > > In my day at UCL (University College London,
> > > for those who are not quite familiar) and,
> > > before that at the Department of English
> > > of the University of Warsaw, we had an
> > > expression "prissy pussy"--and that was
> > > even before we, the Slavs, managed
> > > to learn English more or less properly--
> > >
> > > Jacek Niecko
> > The problem with witless posts like this is always the same: speak out
> against them and start a tedious argument of insidious intent, or ignore
> them and create the impression that they are acceptable.
> > I guess I’ll go for the lesser of two evils and say, Jacek, that you
> > may
> have mastered English insults, but if you think that you’ve learned to
> converse properly, think again.
> > -- Steve --