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  1. That would be a great video if it weren’t for the egregious
    swearing. Sounded like it was written by an adult, then rewritten by a 14 year old, limiting who I could share it with by about half.

    1. If cats could talk, they’d swear like sailors. In fact, they’d swear so much, we’d say that sailors swear like cats.

  2. I have to agree with Mike K. As one time sailor I am not prude regarding blue language but swearing for the sake of swearing is the sigh of a simple mind.

      1. Please note that I stated “…swearing for the sake of swearing…” Language, whether spoke or written, is like musical composition. There are times when a jarring note is appropriated at certain points in a composition and these can be an additive element. The clips in the Stephen Fry video illustrate some excellent examples. (I would also cite the opening sequence of the movie “Four Weddings and a Funeral”) But to throw in a jarring note or a series of such notes simply because one can detracts from the piece and the experience of the listener or reader. Far too often, and it is my opinion that this is the case of The Stupid Cat video, an individual will use blue words out of ignorance or laziness. Swearing, like the occasional jarring note, should be used to emphasis or draw the reader’s / listener’s attention to a particular moment, thought, or situation.

      2. And I completely disagree. The swearing in this video is completely appropriate and makes it the hilarious piece that it is.

        I’ve edited a literary magazine at a community college. Believe me, I’ve seen my share of “swearing for swearing’s sake”. It happens when an aspiring writer realizes he or she is in college and doesn’t have to do what Mom or Dad or the damn teacher says because I’m an adult, dammit. It results in a sentence where somebody says “shit” or “fucking” in the middle of an otherwise bland sentence because the author couldn’t think of any other way to convey the Intense Emotion™ going on in the scene.

        Here, it’s a stupid fucking cat, and there’s no better way to say that.

  3. I don’t know…in my experience cats don’t know how good they’ve got it. My cat seems continually frustrated by how poorly I adhere to the Byzantine rules he has created.

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