Philobiblon: Does this suck?

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Does this suck?

An interesting linguistic debate about the word "sucks", as a term of insult.

I tend to think of it as a very American usage, but I was surprised that the author found many occurrences in English English:

A Google search of the British newspaper The Guardian Unlimited turned up 1,285 examples of the word in headlines, e.g., "Big Brother series six sucks big time" (June 19, 2005); "Chanel ad 'sucks' says FCUK ad man" (Dec. 6, 2004); "Move over Hoover, this robot sucks" (Nov. 25, 2004).

Still, it is still at home in America: "According to the Sept. 29 USA Today, "Boston Red Sox fans wearing T-shirts that say 'Yankees Suck' will be asked to turn them inside-out before entering Fenway Park."

So I guess the opposition can just pick on the spectators with the inside-out shirts ...

This I presume is for this mysterious "World Series", that the world has never heard of.


Blogger Alun said...

That's a cynical comment on the World Series. Teams from all over the world take part. One even comes from as far away as Toronto I think.

The Olympic champions are Cuba. :)

10/27/2005 11:48:00 am  

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