On Offence


“It’s now very common to hear people say, ‘I’m rather offended by that.’ As if that gives them certain rights. It’s actually nothing more than a whine. ‘I find that offensive.’ It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. ‘I am offended by that.’ Well, so fucking what? It’s utterly uninteresting.”

– Stephen Fry

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5 thoughts on “On Offence

  1. Love it, absolutely love it – so true! And here’s another I’ve heard time and again: “That’s being disrespectful.” or “You’re being disrespectful.” Oh, really? In what context? “Well, I don’t think I can accept that right now.” Right: whiners.

  2. Well, as they say in “Fiddler on the Roof” – “Tradition!!!” Tradition has to trump common sense, that’s a rule! And if you doubt that, try being raised by “old school” European parents in a foreign country.

  3. Stevanovich Fryover is good at giving offence, so he is probably well-used to hearing that complaint. He is, of course, completely wrong. Some people do not take offence at filthy language. It is useful, however, for those who do to inform the speaker needing a mouthful of carbolic so that he, she or it hopefully has at least enough sensibility and consideration to moderate it in their presence. Also, it gives fair warning so that if he persists he should not be surprised at the punch on his nose.

  4. It seems to me that “filthy language” is a subjective call – what we call shit is a dungbeetle’s dinner.

  5. I like Fry. I especially enjoyed his performances as psychiatrist Gordon Gordon on the American TV detective series, “Bones“.

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