Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Semantics of Political and Anatomical Incorrectness

... it was a really slow news day ...

"There's no comity with Harry Reid ... I think he's an absolute asshole." - Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma)

I had to look up "comity" (I first thought someone misspelled comedy - although I've always found Harry Reid rather amusing).  Comity means social harmony, courtesy, considerate behavior toward others and, the principle by which the courts of one jurisdiction may accede or give effect to the laws or decisions of another.  

I'm uncertain which definition Senator Coburn had in mind, considering he was responding to a question about "civility in the Senate" during a NY Young Republican fundraiser.  Maybe he did mean comedy.

What I found interesting about the ridiculous amount of press given Coburn's comment is the expletive policies of different internet news outlets.  Some won't print the word asshole.  They replace it with a**hole or a$$hole.  Apparently those alterations are sufficient camouflage to protect readers' delicate sensibilities.

George Carlin said, "shoot is shit with two Os."  

And asshole is asshole no matter which characters replace ss.  Deal with it.

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