Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Effing Brilliant, Part Deaux
Associate Justice Antonin Scalia said the G-Word on Tuesday.
And that word, of course, is "golly waddles."
I think it's a neologism.
Amazingly enough, the Supreme Court on Tuesday spent an entire hour discussing indecent language without anyone using the words in question. Instead, during what proved to be a pretty darn lively oral argument in the case FCC v. Fox Television, justices and attorneys alike preferred the terms "F-word" -- 16 separate times -- and the "S-word." Bor-ring.
But that's not to say the oral argument was entirely devoid of spicy language. Not at all. Justice Scalia, for one, offered up the term "golly waddles" as a, well, as a fanciful euphemism I guess you would call it.
And let us not ignore:
Justice Stevens used the word "dung." As in, the S-word without the S.
Justice Souter used the word "prong." As in, the three-prong test that right at this very moment sounds extra salacious.
And, my personal favorite, Solicitor General Gregory Garre's ominous warning that loosened decency standards could lead to "Big Bird dropping the F-bomb on Sesame Street."
All of this delicacy should be no surprise. After all, an earlier DoyleReports Special Investigation revealed that a majority of the amicus briefs filed in the dirty words case http://www.abanet.org/publiced/preview/briefs/nov08.shtml avoided using the words themselves. Of seven amicus briefs filed in support of the FCC's zip-your-lip position, only Morality in Media used the swear words. The others, filed by the likes of the National Religious Broadcasters, prefer circumlocutions.
Of course, if I was smart, I would use the words in this post and thereby optimize search results...McClatchy story in full at http://www.mcclatchydc.com/257/story/55255.html