Monday, February 05, 2007

Cancer is not a joke

So much news, and I'm not really able to post at all these days. I'll catch up with y'all sometime soon, but tings are hectic right now. This is just a quick whore post on behalf of my good wife, who is doing the most honorable kind of whoring* you can possibly do - whoring* for charity. She has taken it upon herself to run 5k in May in support of Cancer Research UK. Her fundraising target is a paltry £100, but my hope is that with help from friends, family, and a few folks here at work, she'll be able to exceed this. Some sponsorship will also serve as motivation for her, because at the moment her idea of a workout is perusing gym brochures.

Now, I don't want to scare you, but it's a proven fact that 100% of people get cancer at some point in their lives**, so wouldn't it be prudent to contribute to a charity that could help save your life when the inevitable happens and those cells start metastasising?

Any support you can give would be much appreciated, and you know it's for a worthy cause. If you would like to donate a few quid, please click over to

You can pay securely online by debit or credit card, and if you're a UK taxpayer, you can add an automatic 28% bonus to your donation at no cost to you.

I will have a widget in the sidebar and will hound you about it every so often over the next few months, so you may as well pay up sooner rather than later.


News in brief:

I passed the exam. I'm now entitled to use the letters "CISA" after my name. Certified Information Systems Auditor, that's me. Yay.

My childhood dream to drive a JCB came true last week. Pics to follow.

Even though I had a full week off to do it, I'm only half-way through laying the base for my garage. Still, despite a load of setbacks, the work was so much more satisfying than anything I could do in the office.

Tried this last week. Interesting. Still not sure about it. Worth a go though. I might even ask Linzi to join me next time.

Finally, may I ask what your feeling on the use of the word "cunt" is? Readers will know I tend to use it (probably a bit too) liberally, more so on my blog than in real life, if truth be told. However, I definitely say cunt where the appropriate emphasis is required. On Friday night, we had some friends over for food and alcholic beverages. In the course of our banal chattering, the subject of the word "cunt" came up, and one of the group (a lady), says she deplores the word and would pull someone up for using it. My mental response was "Cunting hell, don't be so cuntish about it, it's only a cunting word!", but my verbal response was "Hmmm...and how do you feel about, for example "flaps"?

Anyway, I know in some places, like practically the whole of America, and polite society in the UK and Ireland, cunt is not an acceptable word. For most of us, though, it's lost much of its shock value and is used interchangeably with other words. What say you? Does it shock and appall thee?

*by "whoring", I mean "running". I always get the two mixed up. You wouldn't believe the trouble it gets me into.

**Source: the internet.


The Swearing Lady blathered this crap:

Cunt is the single greatest word in the history of words, and I think you asked about that before. You daft cunt.

In fact, I'd smack someone around the side of the head for "pulling someone up" on using the word cunt. Fuck off and don't get so fucking offended about things that don't fucking matter, you cunt.

As a lady with lady parts, I have reclaimed the word. I find it rather arousing, you know.

PS: Sorry mate, I'm broke. No, really. MiniMe's school was holding a fundraiser and I couldn't even give them anything. :(

Kav blathered this crap:

My other post about cunt was on its many uses, I think. But I concur with your argument.

And don't worry about the sponsorshizzle. Sure you don't even have bank cards over in the wesht, so even if you were loaded you'd have no way of sending me anything.

The Swearing Lady blathered this crap:

You'd know, you gurrier.

Grandad blathered this crap:

I'll be honest - I don't find 'offensive' words in blogs offensive in the least. But I do find them boring as they tend to be overused in some blogs. Some bloggers rely too heavily on calling people cunts or whatever.

I also recognise that a lot of people do find some words offensive.

If "Swearing Lady" didn't find them offensive then I'd get her under the Trade Descriptions Act, so that's OK.

Don't get me wrong - the air in this house is pretty blue most of the time. Especially when I get some cunt disagreeing with something so fucking trivial as my language.

Kav blathered this crap:

Grandad: Welcome along sir. I know what you mean. It's like my penis - I don't use it often, but when I do, it's used to great effect.

You're right though, it has more of an impact when it's used sparingly. I'm certainly guilty of overusing it, but it's just such a great word.

Eolaí gan Fhéile blathered this crap:

Words are just bleedin' words. In and of themselves they can't be offensive if offense isn't intended. I could say I'm offended by your lady friend's questioning of your choice of words, but I imagine she didn't mean to offend me so she isn't necessarily offensive either.

That said, I always struggled in parts of England when they said 'Fuck' and related words because they used them so much less than I heard them at home in Dublin. Ouch. Very coarse, I thought. And unnecessary. And cunt didn't fly with them. Tried it once.

But wouldn't even dare do that over here in the middle of white America. That said, a couple of days ago I went a few blocks east to the Black section of this city because although they have crappier buses they are much more frequent - very like home in fact. Anyway when I arrived at the bus-stop a man exclaimed that "it's motherfuckin' slow, the bus is a motherfucker" and I felt very at home, very comfortable - on a route where I was the only white person - way more than on the all-white route which serves my neighbourhood.

I think people can genuinely feel uncomfortable hearing certain words, but that doesn't give them the right to take offense.

One of the most affectionate things ever said to me was by a bloke - a very manly bloke - when he gave me a CD and said "There ya are, ya cunt" Or maybe he called me a bollox.

jali blathered this crap:

It doesn't bothered me at all - I think of it as a jokey word.

Am I a cunt?

sid trotter blathered this crap:

Kav, post up several pics of cunts and ask everyone to donate x euros for the one they'd like to shaft most

whyioughtta blathered this crap:

Thankfully, reading your and Swearing Lady's blogs have left me delightfully desensitized to the word "cunt." Ironically, I probably wouldn't like to have someone use it to refer to my actual...flaps.

On the subject of "gentle warming" lube. Two words: yeast infection. That's what it feels like for a girl. Or this girl anyways. Hot and itchy. No thanks.

Good for Linzi for doing the 5K! I'll see if I can't scratch up a few Canadian dollars to donate...

And congrats on passing the Certified Whatsit Thingymabobber!

Summer blathered this crap:

Congrats on adding letters to your name. I knew you would pass the test!

I don't care for the 'c' word but, I don't mind reading it at all. Someday, I hope to be able to type it out myself.

I'll donate to Linzi. I think you should pace her for encouragement. You should do it in spandex shorts, as well. I'm sure she would find that so hot!

Warming lube, eh? I'm convinced they put fiberglass in that stuff.

Bock the Robber blathered this crap:

Sorry - was that "pull them up" or "pull them off"? Just a small thing, I know, but important all the same.

The Hangar Queen blathered this crap:

Payday isn't until Friday so you're going to have to wait.Although if Kav does the run in a speedo I'll cough up the 100.

As for the 'C'word....I couldn't care less.I don't use it myself but being Irish I definitely love the versatility of that word.Anyone who spends an hour with a group of Irish people will get the vibe with which the word is used.There's no harm so blaze away.

Having said that it's fair enough that she spoke up.If something bothers you speak up.Start a conversation about it and see if the word was used in a hateful,sexist way or the usual R.O.I./U.K. manner.
I used to love it when someone was called "a useless cunt" in Limerick and quick as a flash they'd respond with "but a cunt is a useful thing."

Sam, Problem-Child-Bride blathered this crap:

Cunt doesn't bother me. I like it because it's an old word people have been using it for centuries - although thinking on that they'd have had to've been, biologically speaking and all. It kind of connects you to your cunting past, so to speak.

Is a cunt not a cunt if call-ed by some other name? One should be honoured to be called one. It's far more poetic than being called a vagina-face or a flap-head.

The Irish seem to use it more than anyone and hanging around Irish blogs has pretty much inured me to the word. You know why? Because it doesn't cunting matter. It cunt was all there was to these blogs I wouldn't bother revisiting but there is so much else to consider in the world than cunts. I want to say there is more meat than cunt in the blogs I visit but I don't like the juxtaposition of cunt and meat.

I think men have a harder time hearing women say cunt than women do hearing men. Some men are far more prissy than they'll admit to. Women are more realistic and less idealistic when it comes to cunts. It's on account of our having them and our likely having to push babies through them. You just get to grips with them more easily, so to speak (again) and they lose all power, pejorative or otherwise.

I think I'd get thrown out of America if I called someone a cunt here.

Pinkie blathered this crap:

You just compared your penis to a cunt, Kav. In a round-about-way...
That was brave of you!

As for the use of the word cunt - hmmm. I used to find it extremely offensive til I started reading Twenty's Blog and then I didn't. Strange eh?

Sam, Problem-Child-Bride blathered this crap:

I think you could achieve the same effect as that tingle lotion and for much less money by simply pouring some Tango over your willy. And if you want to be kind to your skin, pour some aloe on there too.

Sam, Problem-Child-Bride blathered this crap:

Having said all that about cunts, I'll admit, if I'm away from blogland for a bit and come back to a peppering of them, I notice them more. I don't know why we didn't use it growing up - we used everything else. I guess everybody has to have some taboo word and it'll differ from place to place.

Do you have a taboo word then, Kav?

Right now mine is Dick, Dick Cheney. I think that is perhaps the most base and odious thing anyone could call another human being. Or Mugabe. Or Kim Jong Il.

Cunts don't kill people, people do.

Dario Sanchez blathered this crap:

Cunt is still a bit of a harsh word in the backwoods of Cavan. Shit? No. Fuck? No. Cunt?

You'd swear Padraig Nally had shot another knacker.

Sassy Sundry blathered this crap:

I think the "c-word" has a different connotation on your side of the pond. It must, because I never hear people use it on this side of the pond unless they really want to insult women. And I mean *really* insult women (it's miles beyond the "b-word"). Most of my friends swear like sailors (so do I, from time to time), and none of us use it.

That said, it doesn't offend me to hear people from your side of the pond say it, as I suspect that they aren't meaning it as a great insult to womankind.

I'm not following that link. I'm at work (hence "c-word" and "b-word").

Mairéad blathered this crap:

Congrats, Kav, delighted for you.
The big c-word? I don't mind it, I actually think it's a great word, because it has mega shock power, but I think it loses that raw power when it's thrown around too often and for no reason. I reserve it for powerful emphasis. Having said that I would be very offended if someone called me one in anger, because I think it can evoke ..... well, almost violence in words.
I think it's used too much in blogs overall, but sometimes, with the right timing, it can be very funny. I've made a conscious decision not to use any "bad" language on the blog-scene. Sure, it'll be all the more effective / shocking / obvious that I'm fuming when / if I do!!

Annie Rhiannon blathered this crap:

I hate seeing that word thrown around. I need that word sometimes, and you're all ruining it.

Melissa blathered this crap:

Intent is everything. It doesn't bother me in the least to read it here or in other blogs, but it still packs quite a verbal punch in the U.S.

I could say, "Listen, you stupid whore," to a friend, and she'd think nothing of it. But if I said, "Listen, you cunt", it would stop her dead for a moment.

P.S. I vastly prefer "cunt" to "flaps".

duckie blathered this crap:

you are also now entitled to use the letters "CHAV" after your name.

Old Knudsen blathered this crap:

Kav SISSY yep sounds good, ya not getting any of my fucking money ya cunt the only Irish fella I give to is Terry Wogan.
I have two weeman on my blog that compliment me on not swearing, right stuck up cunts.

Kav blathered this crap:

eolaí: Exactly, intent is everything. The topic on Friday night stemmed from one of the lads telling a joke about two deaf guys who get the words "country and western" mixed up with "some cunt from Preston". Not offensive in the least, I'd contend.

jali: No, you're not a cunt. Even if I wanted to badly insult a lady, I wouldn't call her a cunt. Which is kind of strange, but there you go.

sid: No can do. I still get an extraordinary number of hits for people looking for cumsluts after a post I did a while back.

whyioughtta: Thank you very much. Like a yeast infection you say? Ack. It's certainly an unusual sensation, but now it's got all sorts of disgusting associations.

summer: Heh, thanks. I'm not sure about the spandex, I prefer to work out in my calfskin underpants.

bock: Good lord man, what images you've conjured up with those words.

devin: Yeah, I didn't mind that she spoke up about it, it was more just the single-mindedness of her hatred for it - it was just told in a joke, and was not directed at anyone.

I would do the run, but it's a women-only thing, apparently. Or maybe Linzi just doesn't want me around to embarrass her.

sam: Well said. It's true, now that you mention it - I'm much more likely to be comfortable with a guy saying it than a girl. Odd, that.

The tingle stuff was worth a go, but it felt pretty much like pouring Listerine on my lad. Not that I've ever done that, but....okay, I'll stop now.

As for taboo words, I don't know if I really have any. Perhaps cunt, when it's used in its literal form, which is something I don't tend to do.

pinkie: Did I? I can't see it...where?

dario: Seriously? In Galway, it's used every second word by tons of people.

sassy: No doubt about it, it's definitely interpreted differently over your way. Here, cunt can be a genuinely affectionate term, often used by men for one another. For example, when drunk, it's perfectly acceptable to put your arm around your mate and say "I fuckin love you, ya cunt", but the ambivalence of your sexuality would immediately be brought into question if you said "I really love you Thomas".

mairéad: Thanks. Yeah, it's definitely about the context and intent - sometimes it's even more amusing to play it straight.

annie: On behalf of bloggers everywhere, I apologise unreservedly. You go ahead and use it whenever you want.

melissa: Yeah, it's taken so much more seriously ovr your way. You'd notice that even on tv - even HBO tends to avoid the word cunt for the most part. Did you see the episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm where Larry messes up the ad for the dead aunt. Beloved cunt...classic.

duckie: I'm not a fucking chav, asshole. I just like to wear basebaw caps, sovvies and hoodies. And drive a 1.2 Corsa with ridiculously elaborate bodywork and muffler.

old knud: Terry Wogan's fucking loaded, damn you. What are you giving your money to him for?

Conan Drumm blathered this crap:

Hmm, CISA eh? I hope the sainted Linzi's ok with your becoming a Cunt In Scotland Auditor.

Now, Kav, more about that JCB, please. Was it really good, your first time? Did the Earth move?

Kav blathered this crap:

conan, I lied. It wasn't actually a JCB, it was a Bobcat, and it was only a small yoke, but great fun nonetheless. I'll post a pic of me driving it when I get the time to upload them.

Eolaí gan Fhéile blathered this crap:

Kav, I heard that cunt was from Wexford - with the telling of it wreaking havoc here in America.

Pinkie blathered this crap:

Talking about 'cunt' - you said, and I quote honey bun! : It's like my penis


ill man blathered this crap:

Cunt in Britain is a general term. It can be a catch all epithet for someone unpleasant or annoying, a term of endearment(indeed!) or a plain old fashioned percussive sweary word when you want to get something out of yr system.

I'm assuming in the US it's a term deployed universally in a negative fashion towards women, hence the taboo.

Your Tediously

Mr Logic

ill man blathered this crap:

Oh, and nice one Linsey........

My mum's battling the fucker right now. I'll see what I can do about a donation......

Kav blathered this crap:

eolaí: Ah, that's it...rolls off the tongue so much better.

pinkie: Check and mate, you cheeky pup. Still, it shows I'm secure in my sexuality. Or something.

ill man: Christ, that's awful about your mum. She'll be in our thoughts - I hope she pulls through alright. And thanks very much.

ill man blathered this crap:

Cheers Kav. She's a tough old bird.