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Stephen Fry on the Joys of Swearing

by gsmokeyjoe • 949,488 views

Stephen Fry on the Joys of Swearing From celebrations of Fry's 50th birthday. Please see Slang blogs related to this here: www.myspace.com/gsmokeyjoe

I have yet to find a boring discussion featuring Stephen Fry.
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I love what Stephen Fry says here as it also applies to erotica.  I love creating erotic art and I have had some folks say--Is it necessary to show her nipples?  Is it necessary for her to be nude?  Is that sexual stuff necessary. Uhm, no. But it sure is fucking fun!
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i've said it before and i'll said it again. sex is something that is instinctive. it's something that should be in the moment. i think we are overthinking alot of things and don't let our emotions guide us. to censor sex is to censor something natural and beautiful.
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Jennifer Bailey Shared on Google+ · 9 months ago
To all you fucking prissy fucks out there.  ;)
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Why would someone with access to thousands of words use a played out swear that may have been edgy in the 60's but is not totally meaningless and boring!!
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To all you fucking prissy fucks out there.  ;)
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+Johnny Brist Well that just makes me... not really give a shit. What a pathetic piece of shit. Bring it on, buckwheat.
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+LCxCZ Oh Tay!! Did you graduate 12th grade? Ummm, well let me explain what a dictionary is. You can look up THOUSANDS of words to use, so you don't have to use the "Fword" and "Like" over and over like you probably do. It's called being an adult!!
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My brother and my Abominable Child will enjoy this.  I should probably email it to my mother as well...  ;D via +Akshay Bist 
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...which also led to viewing several other very funny Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie clips.  Thank you!
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Er, what I meant to say...fuckin' A!
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Warning: Essay Incoming It's hilarious how swear words are really more catchy, compact ways of expressing acceptable meanings, yet people are shunned for using them, being more efficient and passionate.  Fuck can mean sex or extreme dislike and annoyance.   It all stems from inequality.  Rich higher class people use a certain set of words, poor people another.  Rich people look down on poor people, and thus their language.  Some poor people language sticks around, and remains looked down upon. After a couple generations, those words are taken for granted to be bad, no questions asked.  That's what those people grew up with.  If I walked into a room and said,  I AM EXTREMELY ANNOYED AT ALL OF YOU, a few heads would turn from the volume, but I wouldn't cause too much of a scene.  Now if I said FUCK YOU, the room would attack me.  Same meaning.  Different sound.  It's better to just not swear to cause less of a scene, but if everyone understood this, things would change. *exhales
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+Jonathan Chen When the Normans invaded Britain, they became the upper class, the rich elite; the Germanic peoples, descended from Saxons, Angles and Vikings were mostly laborers and low-end artisans, farmers and soldiers. The Normans, who spoke a Latin-derived language, gave us words like 'excrement'. The poor, who spoke Germanic-derived languages, gave us words like 'shit'. Very interesting stuff; it's all about social class, and less about national culture at the end of the day.
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Based Stephen Fry could've been talking about "Captain Morality, No to Profanity," himself during this! :D
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lol @ Captain Morality. But shouldn't that really be Admiral Morality? :D
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+cips clips​ watch the Stephen fry episode of "who do you think you are"
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I can understand why people get offended when swearing is directed at them - like, if somebody called me a 'fucking retard', I'd be annoyed and offended. But... if somebody just cries out 'fucking retard' when they stub their toe or something, why are people offended, exactly? I grew up in a household where swearing was looked down upon, but mostly allowed. Except in large amounts. Often I had trouble with my computer acting up and I'd swear a lot while I was getting it to work again. It helped me concentrate. I wasn't even shouting, but after a scant twenty minutes of saying 'fuck', 'bollocks' and 'cunt' to myself, I was given a suitcase and told to pack "my fucking bags" - no joke.
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Magda Pender Shared on Google+ · 9 months ago
To all you fucking prissy fucks out there.  ;)
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+Johnny Brist not just that its short? you have not provided any evidence that the height of the plant makes it harmful at all. so the height factor is irrelevant. the gluten fad bullshit has been dis-proven by the guy who discovered it was bad for some people in the first place. some smart people who knew how to sell bullshit to morons sold it as bad for everyone. they quote mine scientific research. this is well known to people who dont live in echo chambers full of fad diet pushers. i already told you to read the article from the washington times with the guy who discovered gluten intolerance. chromosomes are harmful? thats like dna is harmful. in some cases maybe but in most nope. have you ever eaten meat? you have eaten them. you dont seem to be dying right now do you? odd proteins? what does that even mean? they arent regular proteins therefore bad? come on. ''Chromosomes are thread-like structures located inside the nucleus of animal and plant cells. Each chromosome is made of protein and a single molecule of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). Passed from parents to offspring, DNA contains the specific instructions that make each type of living creature unique.'' you cant just say chromosomes are bad or the ones in all of the wheat that we eat are bad. you are just going onto google and pulling this shit off of there. i could easily refute all of this by doing the same but going onto far more credible websites than the ones you are linking but im not bothered. you arent presenting any good sources or any empiricle evidence for me to actually argue with. you just keep saying ''it has lots of gluten in it and its short.'' that means nothing because the scientific consensus on gluten is its not harmful. but of course you will go and find some random dude that next to nobody has ever heard of who is not part of the majority of scientists that agree on the topic and then present that as evidence. usually the people who arent part of the majority just say ''we dont know if this isnt harmful'' or some vague shit like that. gluten has been around for a very very long time. our bodys have evolved to be able to digest it. in fact we are eating more gluten than ever and the last time i checked the life expectancy rate of the planet keeps rising. there is your evidence. refute that for me please.  it creates more chromosomes than normal therefore bad? you have proven nothing with this factoid. first you have to prove why thats a bad thing. ''most likely'' is not evidence johnny. its pure speculation.  this is from ''medicenet'' ''What causes celiac disease? Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. In some people who are exposed to gluten in their diet, an enzyme called tissue transglutaminase changes the gluten into a chemical that causes an immune response, leading to inflammation of the lining of the small intestine.Feb 10, 2015'' notice that the enzyme isnt in the gluten.  this is from ''enzymestuff.com'' ''1. What are enzymes?  Enzymes are proteins made by cells in our bodies and all living organisms. They are specialized proteins that do work, such as synthesizing chemicals, rearranging molecules, adding elements to compounds, and breaking down compounds. Enzymes are protein catalysts. They cause biological reactions to occur under conditions that sustain life. Many types of enzymes exist and each type does one specific function. For an enzyme to work, the material it works upon must be present. If no such material is available to the enzyme, the enzyme performs no function. There are also metabolic enzymes in our body, but this discussion is limited to the digestive enzymes that help break down food. therefore the cause of celiacs disease is a reaction from the human body to gluten. this doesnt happen in all people. thats like saying cheese has lactose in it therefore its bad for everyone because SOME people have a reaction to it and its known as lactose intolerance. same goes for nut allergys. you see why the logic is flawed? maybe there are negatives to eating cheese outside of the lactose. maybe there are reasons to avoid gmo wheat outside of the presence of gluten, but you have not shown any of those reasons to me because you are caught up in the pseudo-science of gluten. you have not shown to me how gluten is bad and you never will because the scientific consensus will disagree with you. if you can prove its bad for the majority of people then please take it to the national academy of science in the US or the royal society in the UK and show them. you will become world famous for disproving some of the greatest minds alive at the moment.you will become rich from the book deals and tv appearances and everything like that.  all of monsantos claims have been proven false? really? why cant you show me this? i dont care for your accusations that they do bad shit around the world. they are irrelevant to the discussion we are having. in fact you brought up monsanto. i never asked you to take them seriously. i never mentioned them. i mentioned the scientific consensus. monsanto arent the scientific consensus. so what is the point of this paragraph? where did this monsanto talking point come from if it wasnt from some web page on google? the fact that they do bad shit doesnt mean their peer reviewed scientific papers arent credible. the only reason someone would say that is if they dont know what peer reviewed means. come on man dr. oz is a faker. he even admitted, in court, that the majority of products that he pushed had zero, or either almost zero, basis in science. he admitted it, other ''fake'' doctors didnt need to prove him for being a bullshitter, he did. and of coruse you cant prove that monsanto is hiring fake doctors to crap all over dr ozs image. its a conspiracy theory with no evidence to back it up a quick google search shows that some countries have banned certain gmos. three regions in italy had them banned by a democratic decision. lets be honest. the majority of the public doesnt know shit. looking at your arguments on swearing you would agree with me that most people are stupid right? its one of platos original arguments against democracy. the public doesnt know what its talking about and shouldnt be trusted to make most decisions. look at greece, coincidentally where plato was born and lived. the government was overturned by public opinion. the public didnt listen to the economists and wanted the government to let the banks fend for themselves and support the people instead. vuala, the economy tumbled. when the public dont listen to the professionals or the people who know way way more than them on topics as complex as the economy things tend to go wrong. why would this be any different? scientific consensus doesnt mean shit to most people who think they know what they are talking about, people who think they understand complex things that have taken scientists years of studying to get qualifications to work in scientific fields. this is just another case where democracy has gone wrong. it has its flaws like many other man made things. pointing to a majority consensus that was nothing more than a decision to ban something is an appeal to popularity. the difference between a scientific consensus and a public democratic decision is knowledge. if anything all of those countries are insane because they are deniers. they are staring scientific/empiricle evidence in the face and declaring it bunk even though they dont understand it. most of the people who voted for gmos to be banned in italy probably dont even know what starch is. let alone how gmos actually work. you should agree with that because you think the public is stupid. the people who voted on that probably swear a lot.  it simply isnt owned and run by corporations. have you seen how slow congress is lately? for the last 10-20 years you can see the amount of legislation being produced dropping. they are dragghing their heels on everything. if the corps had free rain to do anything they wanted then they would get rid of the regulations that are stopping them from doing whatever they want. you know that to be true.
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+roadtobeastiality correct me if im wrong but the point of ''short wheat is inherently bad'' is the natural fallacy.
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No dorn't be durteh!
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Well suck me filly. Wait... that doesn't work either :)
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Quit fucking around you toothless fucking fuck. Your pathetic use of the fucking English language is outrageously fucking preposterous.
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6oodfella Shared on Google+ · 11 months ago
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An excellent video. It's a shame that the comments section has been tainted by the imbecilic ramblings of a peculiarly determined twat.
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The problem here is that Stephen Fry is actually good at swearing. He's creative with his words. Just look at the average internet user, and then come back to claim these people have a wide vocabulary. It's amusing when british people swear. But the over-used "you're a fucking retard, faggot" does not imply any intelligence at all. It implies a complete lack of it. 
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+Red Floyd exactly red. nobody thinks swearing equals intelligence. fry never said that. he was arguing against people who are on the other side of the fence who think swearing equals lack of intelligence. im sure fry would completely agree with your first and second comment but disagree with your third one. he never ignored those people, he just wasnt addressing them because they had nothing to do with the point he was making.
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thanks +StopMinecraftVIOLENCE that's absolutely right! People just use the Fword over and over there's no inventiveness at all!! It's just getting tired and played out! It isn't cool, edgy or whatever else you wanna call it anymore! Maybe it was back in the 60's, maybe even the 80's, but we're in the 2010's now. That would be like using Valley Talk today, how annoying would that be? But because it's a swear word we're supposed to give you a pass? Don't think so!!
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You may notice how writing classes ask you to use strong, visual vocabulary when writing a narrative of some kind. Doing that will help to suck in the reader and keep his mind involved in the story. Swearing is strong language and can help listeners better catch on in much the same way from my experience. On another note; we need to at least start determining whether or not a word is a swear word on whether or not it actually contains a fowl meaning of some sort. In this case, "Shit" and "Ass" are by no means swear words, they're only as bad as their synonyms. Stupid being such an asshole towards people just because they use words that bother you. That makes you worse than them.
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FUCK is the greatest word in the world.
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+Doctor Turdmidget It's not an insult, it's just the facts jack!
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+Johnny Brist well trolled johnny... well trolled
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He even swears politely
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David Stroe Shared on Google+ · 9 months ago
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In my opinion, this video was immensely offensive. I really can't believe that people would allow a cushion to be on that sofa!!!!!!!
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I know right? It was so not necessary. That person could have chosen something else. I guess that means that shows that that person wasn't intelligent.
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Catherine Prickett Shared on Google+ · 6 months ago
"'It's not necessary.'  Well, neither is this cushion."
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+Danny Shaw Yes he's saying intelligent people swear, and that's it not a sign of low vocab, etc. One who is truly intelligent, however, would have a library of thousands of words to choose from, so why would they fall back on a tired, overused, played out, and basically meaningless at this point swear like the Fword if they could choose a word that precisely captures the essence of their feeling or what they are saying? No, they wouldn't! Fry is full of it! He's an ex drug user as well, so why doesn't he encourage the public to use drugs as well. Bet you he say intelligent people use drugs as well!!
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+Johnny Brist ''Yes he's saying intelligent people swear, and that's it not a sign of low vocab, etc. One who is truly intelligent, however, would have a library of thousands of words to choose from, '' - this fatuous discussion is beginning to tire me out. again, a wide vocabulary is not necessarily a sign of intelligence. i have elaborated on this elsewhere. you are also strawmanning me here. i never disagreed with you on fry claiming ''intelligent people swear''. i was disagreeing with you here on this point you made ''No there's nothing noble or intelligent about swearing as fry is trying to inculcate us to believe!!'' you strawmanned him and now you are strawmanning me. are you going to stop or will i have to keep pointing out your sophistry. ''so why would they fall back on a tired, overused, played out, and basically meaningless at this point swear like the Fword if they could choose a word that precisely captures the essence of their feeling or what they are saying?'' - so the f word does not capture the essence of what they are trying to say? how could you possibly think that? a word being used a lot does not make it become meaningless. no reasonable analysis on language could come to that conclusion. its used because its taboo, again, i have elaborated on this elsewhere. im sure if you dont have a god complex or some form of a closed mind you would definitely agree with that point of mine. ''No, they wouldn't! Fry is full of it! He's an ex drug user as well'' - we have been through this non sequitur already. its completely irrelevant and baseless to claim that drugs have affected him negatively in some way. are you trying to say that he swears now because he did drugs? if you honestly believe that then you have a stupid prejudice that stops you from seeing reality. your prejudice of swearing is combining with your prejudice of drugs and its making you articulate fantastically stupid arguments on the internet just like that one. how are you not seeing this? ''so why doesn't he encourage the public to use drugs as well. '' - can you honestly claim he has not? you can not prove that and i am not going to sift through every stephan fry tv show and article and whatnot that he has appeared on to find out if he has or not. why? because its got nothing to do  with swearing. its a non sequitur and is more evidence of ridiculousness of your arguments. its pure sophistry. ''Bet you he say intelligent people use drugs as well!!'' - yes they do actually. why? is it because i already linked an article to you that shows they do and you are now trying to poison the well? more sophistry. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/news/a26244/smart-means-sex-and-drugs-and-staying-up/ ''A 2010 study that ran in Psychology Today (what, you don't subscribe?) also states that those with an IQ of 125 or higher are exponentially more likely to use drugs. Says the study: Net of sex, religion, religiosity, marital status, number of children, education, earnings, depression, satisfaction with life, social class at birth, mother's education, and father's education, British children who are more intelligent before the age of 16 are more likely to consume psychoactive drugs at age 42 than less intelligent children. ... there is a clear monotonic association between childhood general intelligence and adult consumption of psychoactive drugs. "Very bright" individuals (with IQs above 125) are roughly three-tenths of a standard deviation more likely to consume psychoactive drugs than "very dull" individuals (with IQs below 75).''
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Sorry to disagree with you Stephen (and the sweet lipped Jennifer Bailey) - I agree that swearing adds colour and expression to language and use it quite a lot myself. However, some words are specifically meant to be offensive, otherwise we wouldn't have a special category for them called 'swear words'. It is therefore unfair and unkind to condemn people as 'fussy' or 'over sensitive' if they are, indeed, offended. Believing that we are all at liberty to swear whenever and at whoever we like is selfish, and if I can say it again, risks being offensive. Swearing should be used carefully and reserved for those occasions that demand it (eg hitting your finger with a hammer). Casual overuse of swear words in any case diminishes their potency. 
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+Danny Shaw The main point is Fry is promoting swearing that's the main point! Why doesn't this guy promote something that will help the world, like stopping global warming something like that? Instead he promotes this lame tired swearing, what a loser!!
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+Johnny Brist ''The main point is Fry is promoting something that i subjectively dont like that's the main point! Why doesn't this guy promote something that i agree with, like stopping global warming something like that? Instead he promotes this lame tired thing that i dont like, what a loser!!'' he does promote things that help the world. do you think that he only ''promotes'' swearing? he is an avid atheist, more accurately, a secular humanist. he is against tyranny from religions which is unquestionably a bid thing. he has promoted action against global warming. a simple google search shows that. here is something of a blog post on his website. http://www.stephenfry.com/2007/11/19/getting-overheated/ i dont understand why after all of this time you still refuse to do research, why? it makes me want to stop responding to you but im so infatuated with how strident you are in your way of thinking i cant help myself. if you are a troll then you are a bad one so even if it turns out that you are one i wont have any shame in entertaining you. 
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Oh, and swearing is not a really important part of one's life!! IF it is, you need to get a life because you're really really immature!! Working, playing, having good relationships these are important part of one's life, not swearing. Swearing is a repetitive, tired, meaningless and played out endevour (if one could call it that)!!
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+roadtobeastiality So you basically agree with me, but call my opinion antiquated? You are saying the millenials are and idiot culture basically! And I agree with you there. But how is stating the truth antiquated or wrong? In other cultures, the elders are revered, and their opinions are given high regard!! But stupid American culture actually has no culture it's just crap!
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+Johnny Brist i agree that we are in an idiot culture but that has nothing to do with swearing. swearing has been around for a very very long time. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latin_profanity to think that swearing has anything to do with being stupid is antiquated. to say just the the young and stupid do it is ridiculous. swearing was not allowed and still really isnt allowed on tv. people dancing on tv once was considered vulgar. women used to not be allowed on stage theatres to perform. swearing having noses turned up at it. these things are all antiquated. humans have come a long way in the last hundred years. many people (over half of the population of the first world) now have equal rights. we have computers more powerful than the space craft that landed on the moon in our pockets. swearing is now everywhere. you can be cursed out by a twelve your old on the internet in less than a few minutes while on your lunch break from work. we have come a long way havent we? just because there can be some negative consequences to the evolution of culture doesnt mean its devoltion or whatever you called it on some other thread. just because you dont like what you see doesnt mean its non existent or crap. you dont like it. so take yourself from it as much as you can. thats what i do. go back to your fare place and read your books. leave the monkeys to fling their shit. people just like you with the same opinions of pop culture swear just as much as the cheeno wearing, short back and sides with a floppy comb-over with a snapback guys on the street corners do. swearing is just not important. there are bigger things to argue over than semantics. swearing is irrelevant just like skin colour and gender. no reason to focus on it. none at all. the phrasing or the way an idea is articulated should be irrelevant also. here is a nietzsche quote (translated from german of course): ''One often contradicts an opinion when what is uncongenial is really the tone in which it was conveyed.'' here is how a swearing person might try to say it: ''sometimes retards on the internet just call me a prick and tell me to fuck off when they know what i said while destroying their stupid ass was right. they just dont like the way i embarrassed them and shit all over their fucking precious stupid ego.'' you see how you can make something sound more intelligent just by phrasing it differently and taking out the swearing? its irrelevant. you shouldnt be sucked in by the nonsense of some people. a wide vocabulary doesnt mean you are smart. you can only be smart through constantly learning new ideas and ways of thinking. words can only go so far and for some they go nowhere other than a road of narcissism. most idiots dont know that they are idiots. so they try to cover it up with a nice wide vocabulary. like i said, swearing has nothing to do with intelligence and neither does a wide vocabulary because they are obviously one and the same vocabulary and swearing.
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Which program is this from?
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Tary Allen Shared on Google+ · 1 year ago
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I love this!  Stephen Fry is GOD!  LOL  I love swearing as well.  Especially at trolls.  Then they get all bent out of shape and try to accuse me of a poor vocabulary.  No surprise, that's all they can come up with.  What's even funnier is they all seem to share the same brain cell because that's all they all ever come up with.  Not one of them can come up with ANYTHING original to say.  I LOVE IT! 
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+Liam Sutton yes your "counter culture" is very important!! Please go back to eating your ho-hos, breeding pit bulls (or Staffordshire Terriers if you're in England) and watching Honey Boo Boo (or equivalent trash show in England!)
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+Liam Sutton Ah you got me on that one, hahahaha. I'll come up with a better term for Jay Z!!
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May I just say that I was shocked to see that cushion there, it really wasn't fucking necessary.
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+Johnny Brist I my point is that swearing is okay, than I am going to swear. Whether I do or do not swear does not alter the point in which I am making. And with the topic, I would doubt that usage of swearing would lesser the impact of a statement.
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+Ashley Mills How is it OK to swear, when even the other swears are overused? In UK I'm sure they use all of them, in US it's mostly Fword, Mother F-er, and variations of that. But as you proved on your other post, you don't need to swear to have an impact! In fact, the use of uncommon words, or made up words that you used was in fact more impactful!! The human mind glosses over the ordinary, the repetitive, and instead seeks uncommon, out of place things. It looks for differences! Using uncommon words or made up words like you did engages the mind! Whereas, using overused swears like the Fword, shit, etc. is almost non-registered now, since many people use them in every other sentence.
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I haven't seen some of these sketches! I want to find them now.
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You're full of it Fry!! If you're so small minded that swearing gives you joy then you're very very lame!! Try growing up!!
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Hey, why so hostile. Who crapped in your cornflakes this mourning?
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+Mardi Gras and Poverty Productions You talking to me, you talking to me, I don't think you talking to me because...
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When you say a word too much it loses its meaning. On that basis I reserve swearing for when I really mean it. I also try to mix it up a little, so I usually pick less common words.
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+Reece Swaby I would say that's how language has devolved! We have thousands and thousands of words to choose from, but small minds choose the Fword instead of learning our language!!
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+Lauren Lynley OMG is that the best "argument" you can come up with, hahahaha. You totally sidestepped all my valid points!! Fry is a John Cleese wannabe! He'll never be as funny as Cleese!! And if he's so smart, why not enlighten us with vocab we've never heard before? Why fall back on a played out swear? Anyone with true intelligence and a wide vocab would never use the Fword on a regular basis. Why would they? They have thousands of words to choose from which would precisely match the meaning they want!! Why would they use played out swears that basically have little to no meaning at this point??
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"The swear police are the most miserable people on earth." -Jess Hall
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+MANDRAC and the people who use the Fword in every sentence are the most pathetic people on earth!! Learn a few new words, losers!!
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One of my English professors swore quite a bit (including hilarious Scottishisms such as "I can't be arsed"), and he obviously had a good education and a wide vocabulary. I wish society would pull the collective stick out of its collective ass when it comes to swearing and stop paying attention to the prissy people who want the English to go back to the 1950s. It's just another method of expression and way of adding spice and color to the language.
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I think the UK sounds funnier. But a man from London said he likes how we do things. I guess what you're used to isn't as exciting when you hear someone else say it.
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danika risher Shared on Google+ · 1 year ago
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Swearing can make anything you say more expressive! "I fucking love this" sounds better than "I love this". It adds more excitement and expression!
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+ZamfirChannel you show just how only losers use that term, bravo!!
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+Clarestovold I like that, appearing and saying "Hey Man, Not Cool" bravo!! But it's more amazing that losers post useless comments on Youtube, mostly just swearing cause they have low IQs
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To me, swearing means I'm comfortable enough to not watch my language. That's a beautiful thing.  The mask has dropped a little.
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I cannot agree more with this.
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I love this man. Comedic genius.
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It was a great video but...What was up with that unnecessary cushion?
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+Johnny Brist I would, at this point, point out AGAIN why using the word 'necessary' is so fucking pathetic and demonstrates your total fucking stupidity, but I don't care anymore. I just do not care. I'm not continuing this pointless conversation anymore. You're a repetitive bore with limited understanding a huge, ill-earned ego. Don't reply to this. Just fuck off.
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+Thomas McDonald OK sure I've proved my point that it's not needed or wanted!!
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Swearing does not reveal any personality of ones other than the fact that he swears. Think about it, you can be intelligent and cuss, you can be rich and cuss, you can be very kind and cuss( maybe not at people). See people who read this and once disagree or still disagree will realize what assumptions do to them.
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+Johnny Brist 'there are thousands of other words which can convey your feelings perfects' That's the point - there aren't. Swearwords exist because they are uniquely expressive. No other words express certain emotions as well as swearwords. Sure, other words may have the same definitions, but to quote an article I read a while back, 'taboo words are perfectly constructed for emotional release'. If you accidentally hit your thumb with a hammer and involuntarily said one of the following, which do you think would get your anger out most effectively: 1. 'Oh, bother!' 2. 'Oh, dammit!' 3. 'Oh, bollocks!'?
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+TranscendentLion but you have missed my point. Fword for instance isn't reserved for accidents and extreme anger situations anymore like it used to be. Now it's used indiscriminately, for positive meanings and just plain non-meanings sprinkled into sentences, almost the way Canadians use Eh. So it's been rendered meaningless, and what's worse it's overused and irritating!! Remember when valley talk kids used to say Like all the time, or Dude all the time it gets irritating. Plus it's a crude word that makes it even more irritating. Like if someone kept saying Shit all the time (which a lot of people still do) or someone says bitch all the time it's a lot more irritating than if someone says, eh, or yah, or as others mention "and" these are so small words you really don't notice them.
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XD "Uh, I told him to mind his fucking language m'lord."
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If we all start swearing and ravingly insulting at each other then chaos will follow. Social disorder and political will soon follow as politicians won't argue, but say how of the opposite side fucked his mother and how he is a man-hoe!  And yeah, swearing is ACTUALLY a lack of EDUCATION. In fact because English language is so extremely poor and incomplete and Stephen Fry clearly exploits that I will explain in it in Greek in brief. In Greek there is a clear dinstiction between truly educated people and pseudo-educated like Stephen Fry. "Εκπαιδευμένος" is someone that is being school-educated by the system and repeats that education in real life. "Μορφωμένος" is someone who is TRULY dignified-educated and knows the that swearing is in fact a cheap dumb-cunning(κουτοπόνηρος) way of getting the upper hand and winning. A μορφωμένος avoids swearing and insulting as much as he can because as soon as you insult you actually lost the debate. It's difficult to explain to you animalistic barbarians that built your poor-minded civilizations upon that thing to get the upper hand and you deny it everyday. You overepeat the uncivilized words "stupidity", "retardation" and "ridiculous" to barbarically insult the others when you left out of arguements and you can battle back, but here in Greece we don't do that in debates because we are the most civilized and most intelligent people in the world. And we call those uncivilized persons "κομπλεξικούς or παλιοκομπλεξάρες" meaning full of different complexes like inferiority complex, go complex and full of problems like misery, depression and so. And also people like Stephen Fry "ψευτοκουλτουριάρηδες or κουλτουριάρηδες"  meaning pseudo-intellectual snobbish inferiority-complexed people full of sciolism, of superficial knowledge, of low level and lack of true wholistic education. So, we are more far more highly all-intelligently god-made advanced than you little-in-significance ανθρωπάκια think. :-) People who swear a damn lot are the ones who don't know how to communicate and Stephen Fry is one of them. They communicate like mindless barking animals and not human beings. P.S: Stephen Fry doesn't approve deep inside of a society that makes uncotrollably free swearing because then he would have no influental power. He manipulates the sleepy inoccent tolerating society to say his massive stupidities.  From the massive stupidities he say, he doesn't even understand or listen to what he says. He just let's the alarm clock and says whatever comes to his head without philosophising or thinking it first.
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+Trismegistos Giwrgaras Wow, your comments are really illuminating!! This should be taught in civics class in the US and Canada!! Yes, swearing is a lack of education and vocab, there's no way around that Fry is spouting nonsense in this video. He's just a John Cleese wannabe! At least Cleese doesn't go around encouraging kids to swear!!
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+Trismegistos Giwrgaras I don't know much about Greek, but what Trismegistos said was truly illuminating!!
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i love Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie
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He's got Alan Bennett behind his shoulder. Need any more be said?
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I use the word 'Cunt' as a term of endearment ;o) 
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+Johnny Brist you sound like a cunt ;o)
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Oh man if some of the people i regrettingly know saw this video, their worlds would be turned Up-side FUCKING down! hahahahahah just tooo good!
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I fucking wish fucking cunts would stop fucking swearing!!
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It's so fucking unnecessary to fucking swear all the fucking time.
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+TranscendentLion yah it's for losers who are illiterate!!
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Overuse of the Fword has rendered it meaningless, pointless, tired and old!! Please people try and GROW UP and use adult words, hahahahaha
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+Poo McPoo yes it is overused but not as irritating as Fword is!! It screams trash, and tells the world you are a trashy loser!! But that's the decline of society both in UK and US which were once much better countries weren't they?
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GG then. I would just copy and paste comments that I put on your other comments but can't be arsed. Also sorry for the bulk reply as I just discovered the notifications button and have replied to none of my replies since 2012!
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Shantha Bunyan Shared on Google+ · 1 year ago
Love Stephen Fry!  Fry and Laurie was awesome and Jeeves and Wooster was so great. And if you live in the US, it's worth making the effort to get a hold of a copy of the British English version of the Harry Potter audiobooks he narrates, rather than the US version available here.  They're amazing...  (No offense to the Jim Dale aficionados.)
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anyone know what that last scene is from?
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No one fucking said it better.
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+thedoctorand Would say he's a John Cleese wannabe!! Will never be as funny as Cleese, the other Pythons, or others like the Two Ronnies!! To see someone who speaks well swear totally ruins his persona. Fword is so played out it's just annoying at this time!
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Ellim Sluouf Shared on Google+ · 1 year ago
FUCK MONSANTO>>>>>>>>>>>> FUCK THE TPP >>>>>>>>>>
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+Dave Witham Baloney we have more than enough food to feed the world right now, stop drinking the Cool Aid!
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+chebob2009 Begging someone to please please learn scientific principles and accusing them of lacking adequate references based on a post found in a thread of comments related to a video about colorful language is not debating nor reasoning. It is predatory attacking. He is not proposing a thesis and trying to convince you of it in a scientific forum. He is expressing his frustration with his reality. One is expected to be brief in comment threads, which I am not being in the interest of injecting a comprehensive view, and the other one can Google it if he wants more information. You have not offered one iota of evidence for your assertions. Rather, you continually refute his points with more ad hominem attacks. Your theses: "What, and let the world starve?" and "Science has not proven that." And you accuse another of baseless assertions? Ad hominem is one of the most common and cheap of fallacies employed by bad debaters. Constantly jabbing at someone's further offerings of links to studies (and since when is Harvard spearheading an invasion of the world by proponents of health food?) is the work of a pest, not an intelligent debater, You may win one by wearing your opponent down, but if that is your m.o., it will never end for you. You will never be satisfied, and you will never learn anything. The purpose of scientific enquiry is to learn, not to establish dominant, unilateral theories. You are misunderstanding science as well as debate. You are also forgetting wisdom and logic, which keep science in check. The wisdom here is that millennia of trial and error have given us a clear view of what works and what does not work provided mostly by people who understand the big picture vis a vis reliable nourishment. It has been a science experiment conducted in the complex arena of reality with reliable results. There is evidence in the success of permaculture and the failure of monoculture. Failure? But Monsanto rules the world! Well, Monsanto still exists because of the vested interest many powerful politicians have in its profits. They are subsidized by tax payers who have no interest in inedible corn. The inedible corn is channeled into bloated ethanol campaigns and into the bellies of cattle, who die from it. Google it. Monsanto also hedges its bets, a fact known by few. They have a whole department that certifies organic farms. They are no more confident in their developments than you are. Let's define "what works." For the apprehension of nourishment, what works is to grow plants that also nourish the soil, which will nourish other plants. As Thomas Berry wrote, "If it is good for the valley [the ecosystem] then it is good. If it is bad for the valley, it is bad." That is common sense. If you kill the crops that feed the bees, the bees will not be there to pollinate and no fruit will come. What good reason could one possible have to ignore the laws of cause and effect? And by good I mean Good. And what is the value of winning an argument if you do not contribute something good to the world? Having goals beyond just winning is what separates the men from the boys.
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Stephen Fry... Swearing... I can only but +1 this!
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Ok I'm starting to see what your point is. I still dis-agree with your proposed methods, however I actually understand why you feel the way you do now. I may get criticism for this, but rather than your proposed Authoritarian Regime, I think there needs to be a global crisis of some sort. Something to stimulate people to take some sort of meaningful actions in their lives.
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My state is probably average. Many many kids here cannot pass the state exams for minimum mastery. Perhaps Boston is different, but I'm talking about the majority of states here. People are literally so lazy now that they can't get of our their vehicle to bank, order food, or get a prescription. They are getting fat and unhealthy. Majority of ladies here are really overweight. People text and talk on phones while driving.
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high birth rates are, since people don't take the time to educate their kids just expect the school to do it, and many don't have enough money to raise 4, 5, or more kids. Plus, it overflows the schools and they have to use portables. Plus, where will double the jobs needed now come from in 10-15 years?? This is abusing freedom for sure!!
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That sound bite starting at :56 is just beautiful.
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You evade every point I have made. Number 1, people don't use it like they did in WW2 do they?? Explain to me how it even has any meaning anymore?? Number 2, when I say character I'm talking about moral character, self control, etc. not character like oh he's a real character. And I do not believe you can control your swearing, once you start it's pretty hard to stop, just like smoking!!
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1) No, the same argument is not used for all. And, yes, you did put forth a slippery slope when you said that it leads to inciting fights. 2) No, it doesn't matter if it offends you. The supreme court has been very clear on this. You DO NOT have a right to not be offended. 3) Sounds like a good plan you got there, Hitler. Eliminate those you deem to be inferior to you. You should just stop. You're not doing yourself any favors and are just exposing your idiocy.
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Nothing. However, it is being replaced by the term "comfort zone," which is why I made the above joke-thing. A better question is why must a bathroom be called a comfort zone?
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people text and talk on phones while driving. Again, another example of too much freedom. Even though it's against the law in my state, no one pays attention. The punishments for this and enforcement is too lax. Fact is, punishment for many crimes is too lenient. Child sexual abuse is shown on the news all the time. Why? If the punishment was death, do you think there would be so many child abuse, gun homicides, etc? If possessing a gun was automatic death, do you think gangs would carry guns??
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you did not hear anyone swearing during the punk era??? please please do be quiet,you talk some amount of shite for the one guy, and for your information BONDS ENGLAND never EVER existed! you fucking head in the hollywood hills arsehole, I am from Scotland and guess what we don't all live in castles and walk about in our kilts,just in case you were confused with your cinematic education.
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@Taylor Russo you're not that smart.
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ABSOLUTE DRIVEL. You know i used to smoke,gave up around 10-11 years ago, i have great self control/will power. I started smoking because i wanted to,I stopped smoking because i wanted to! If i chose to use profanity in my comments it is because i want to and i will not stop just because some other persons thoughts on the matter are contrasting towards mine,my great grandmother told my mother "it would be a funny old world if we were all the same"
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you are obviously young and uneducated or a bigot of some sort
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I know a number of actual engineers personally, as opposed to simply speculating vacuously about them, and most of them possess language skills that are far in advance of the average person's, owing to their intelligence and education.
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you must not have a lot of control if you can't even control what comes out of your mouth. and comparing vocabulary to a physiological addiction? lol that's a bit flawed
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go read your bible... i'm sure it makes more sense to you than reality
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No, but he says those that swear tend to have the widest vocab, and that it doesn't show lack of education. Both are incorrect. Why use a word like the Fword that is so overused, is actually has no meaning anymore, instead of using a choice of thousands or words from a dictionary?
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Well I'm not a comedian and the people I know who swear are far more educated and intelligent than those who don't. But then again, the people I know who don't swear are mostly religious nut jobs so I guess the the point to be taken from this is that swearing is absolutely not connected to ones vocabulary or intelligence.
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If I ever meet Stephen Fry, I will hug him and tell him 'You are fucking amazing!'
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@masterblend100, what is truly amazing to me is the amount of effort you have expended here, arguing about what other people should or should not say (or worse, be "allowed" to say). It seems that all of that time and effort could have been directed toward something that has some value. If this is truly a cause you feel deeply about (it certainly appears to be), hashing it out on YouTube with people who certainly appear not to care, seems a fool's errand at best.
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I love swears... I find it's a really efficient way of expressing emotions. Like if I said: "I can't fucking wait for the QI K series to be aired". That shows you I'm actively waiting for it.
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Another example, people are way overweight here. Why? Number one, people are free to eat WHATEVER they want! There is little regulation of food here. Also, companies are free to sell whatever they want, even if it's filled with preservatives, corn syrup, and too much salt. So the corps sell crap, and the people eat it!! Why? Too much freedom!! The Corps are not regulated as to what they sell!!
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/watch?v=yntUfDxfJXk stephen fry made a grindcore album
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I have no idea. It's probably another euphemism that just popped up because people wanted a nicer word than bathroom or restroom, which is ridiculous.
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He doesn't say that EVERY SINGLE educated person swear you need to chill.
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Took you a couple of months to come up with that witty zinger didn't it?
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No. House isn't in there. Hugh Laurie, is though, and little wonder given that Fry & Laurie have done signifcant amounts of comedy together and are very good friends indeed.
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first of all, this guy can't compare to either of the Two Ronnies or the Monty Python crew. He's the poor man's John Cleese, is clearly trying to emulate him, but isn't as funny so it doesn't come off. Secondly, he probably made it big in spite of his swearing, since comedians aren't held to the same standards as other professions. Thirdly, funny words or non-words are what make things funny. Check out "Ronnie Barker - Mispronunciation Sketch" or any John Cleese sketch they kill this Fry!!
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They may or may not be facts in your state but it still doesn't make it the rule. I will say this, to a point I agree with you. The world is becoming over-populated if it isn't already. I think you are right and wrong about the military, I have met hard-working and intelligent members of the military. I've also met a lot of...Stupid ones. Whether you're right about the parents priorities or not, I will say that sport and activity is just as important as school work. For a balanced lifestyle.
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@Steve Sauder -Well YouTubers do tend to display an ardent sense of hyperbolic superfluous. It's a rare find to engage in stimulating discussion on this site.
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