Sunday, 22 September 2013

Godfrey is innocent!

Godfrey Bloom made a bit of a faux par when he used the word slut in a joke last week but not because of the reasons banded about by the other political parties or the press. What he said was only offensive if your education is lacking and you have a propensity to be offended at everything.

Slut may have one meaning today that may offend, but it has several meanings and was completely in context with what Godfrey Bloom was asked last week.

If you look at the etymology of the word you will see my point.

slut (n.) c.1400, "a dirty, slovenly, or untidy woman," probably cognate with dialectal German Schlutt "slovenly woman," dialectal Swedish slata "idle woman, slut," and Dutch slodder "slut," but the ultimate origin is doubtful. Chaucer uses sluttish (late 14c.) in reference to the appearance of an untidy man. Also "a kitchen maid, a drudge" (mid-15c.; hard pieces in a bread loaf from imperfect kneading were called slut's pennies, 18c.). Meaning "woman of loose character, bold hussy" is attested from mid-15c.; playful use of the word, without implication of loose morals, is attested from 1660s.

Our little girl Susan is a most admirable slut, and pleases us mightily. [Pepys, diary, Feb. 21, 1664]

Sometimes used 19c. as a euphemism for bitch to describe a female dog. There is a group of North Sea Germanic words in sl- that mean "sloppy," and also "slovenly woman," and that tend to evolve toward "woman of loose morals" (cf. slattern, also English dialectal slummock "a dirty, untidy, or slovenly person," 1861; Middle Dutch slore "a sluttish woman").

Overall what can be gained from this is Godfrey Bloom was in context and not offensive. He has been wrongly punished for nothing. What happened last week was a victory for political bias bought about by the Government and the press to slur UKIP probably because these Tory twats could see their position being challenged by better people than they are.

What is sad is that Nigel Farange fell for it and played right into the Tory hands. What a sucker. Oh wait a minute that word ‘sucker’ could that be misconstrued as some sexual deviation? Yes if you want it to but check up on the etymology first before you go shouting the odds.

1 comment:

Lisa said...

Good try Maffi......

Lisa
NB WaL