I like Australia until I start hearing how much we overuse swear words. And how much of a big deal sports are, because I'm left so far in the goddamn lurch when conversation turns to them.
I was doorknocking with the Greens in St Kilda the day after the Bulldogs won the grand final. That was... a very hungover day, and it took me a while to find out why.
Cleretic, January 31, 2017, 01:09:01 am
Don't you get the grand final off though? Or is that just the AFL? Either way I don't like sports but I'd be fine with sports related public holidays. I think the overuse of swearwords should be taken in context. I mean I swear a bit but I wouldn't say I overuse swearwords, it's just that the meaning of the words is pretty diluted/changed so they aren't dropped as infrequently as in other countries where that isn't as much of a thing and really do we want to hold our wy of speaking up to the standards of other countries? I feel like the most important thing about those words is how they are said and how they are intended to be taken. I'd very rarely tell someone I didn't like/know to fuck off but I'd say that all the time to actual friends and I think the difference is usually pretty clear.
Blandest, January 31, 2017, 01:17:56 am
Yes, we did get the grand final off (at least, Victoria did; it's where Victoria elected to stick one of its public holidays since the federal government basically just goes 'you've got ten public holidays, stick 'em where you want' to all states), but I didn't watch it and wasn't keeping track of who was even in it. I stopped paying attention after I bombed in the office's footy tipping (which was mostly done by asking my sister for help). I spent the day itself playing video games, didn't check the news, and the next day found out it was apparently a big deal.
And on the wearing, in general it doesn't bother me because yeah, we generally aren't THAT bad. But we're a lot more liberal with them than other countries for some reason, and I really hate that some people go nuts with that and struggle to string together a sentence without swearing several times in it. Also I don't like that the C word slides into that sort of speech WAY more than it seems to in other countries.