Ralphie: Oooh fuuudge!
Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] Only I didn't say "Fudge." I said the word, the big one, the queen-mother of dirty words, the "F-dash-dash-dash" word!
Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] It was all over - I was dead. What would it be? The guillotine? Hanging? The chair? The rack? The Chinese water torture? Mere child's play compared to what surely awaited me.
- "A Christmas Story"
"A Christmas Story" takes place in 1940. The "f-dash-dash-dash word" was only slightly more taboo than it is now. It's used in polite conversation, in anger and happiness, on the performance stage, movies and TV. Well, not so much on TV. At least until Monday night. That'll teach me not to watch the Home Run Derby.
Our boy, Chase Utley uttered it in response to getting booed by some displaced Mets fans in Yankee Stadium during the introductions of the Home Run Derby.
Did you hear it or did you need the subtitles? I think the bigger faux pax was when Chris Berman introduced him as a "second baseman that can pull it." Why didn't anyone complain about that?
Chase caused a minor stir with his minor utterance. What amazes me is that ESPN put microphones on baseball players and expected them not to use profanities. I guess we're supposed to be offended because it's TV and kids could be watching. I don't think a word is the worst thing that kids are exposed to on television, but one problem at a time.
I'm not sure exactly what "fuck you" means anyway. There are plenty of women who would say "fuck me" to Utley, but if he said "fuck you" to them it's a big problem. Me. You. Isn't it the same thing? Apparently not.
It's the tool of last resort when we're angry and need a two syllable reply that would otherwise take a long explanation.
A suggested retort:
"Perhaps you are booing me because inside, you resent my talent and your inferior self-image manifests itself in hostility, and you choose to lash out at others rather than look at yourself."