17 January, 2010



A post at the Englishman's Castle prompts the following reminiscence. I would have posted it as a comment there but I am not sure of the Englishman's views on bad language.

One of the more succinct graffiti I have encountered was in the gents' of a pub in Soho in the 1980s. Whether the perpetrator was reviewing his visit to London as a whole or just his experience of this particular boozer is unclear; he wrote
We came
We saw
We fucked off again
Doubtless the late J Cæsar is even now spinning in his grave, and probably consulting his lawyers too.

Like, I suspect, 99% of people, including presumably those eminent historians Sellar and Yeatman, I have always assumed the original quote referred to the conquest of Britain. It doesn't; turns out Jools was referring to the righteous seeing-to of some dodgy kebab merchant called Pharnaces of Pontus.

Well, there you go. Next they'll be telling me that mediæval England was not populated by hornèd-helmed blue-eyed Vikings tripping merrily down the lanes hand-in-hand with statuesque Bantu maidens as they patiently fended off the solicitations of itinerant trinket sellers of the ubiquitous Patel tribe.

Bad language in context is fine, appropriate or funny or in your case both!

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