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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Get Your “Fuck” On at the Swearing Festival

Posted By on Tue, Oct 16, 2007 at 8:14 AM

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Man, I love curse words. My love affair with the F-bomb started as a wee child watching the classic film, Major League. Here’s a good way to celebrate your favorite vulgarity. It’s a celebration, bitches!:

The Swearing Festival is back, and it's fucking mad. Last year's event

was a blast of oaths and curses that set alight the olde Edinburgh

Castle Pub in the fragrant Tenderloin District in San Francisco. A

massive crowd descended on the venue to enjoy the colorful use of

language.

THE SWEARING FESTIVAL II

WHEN: SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10

TIMES: 3PM EXPERTS PANEL DISCUSSION

8PM MAIN EVENT (doors 7pm)

WHERE: EDINBURGH CASTLE PUB, 950 GEARY ST, SAN FRANCISCO

415-884-4074/www.castlenews.com

COST : PANEL $5/ MAIN EVENT $12

TICKET INFO: www.castlenews.com

The Swearing Festival is back, and it's fucking mad. Last year's event

was a blast of oaths and curses that set alight the olde Edinburgh

Castle Pub in the fragrant Tenderloin District in San Francisco. A

massive crowd descended on the venue to enjoy the colorful use of

language.

Like sex, swearing is as popular as ever. The statistics prove it. In

America, 72 percent of men and 58 percent of women swear in public. 48

percent of people who are over age 55 cuss in front of others. How

naughty! Old codgers like to say fuck a lot. Swearing makes up 3 percent

of all adult conversation at work and 13 percent of all adult leisure

conversation.

Swearing has been around since the first caveman dropped a boulder on

his foot and yelled $%&! Swear words in earlier societies took on magic

powers. Curses and oaths were originally deistic and filled with threat.

Later visceral swearing developed in industrial societies as people came

into closer contact with others body fluids and the body parts that made

those fluids. Incest and familial curses joined the fray.

Anthropologists suggest that swearing is a survival mechanism - GET OUT

OF MY FUCKING CAVE! It is a vital linguistic step in creating

identifiable groupings. The need to belong yet again raises its ugly

head. The foul mouth needs to be exercised. That's why we have the

Swearing Festival.

***

WHAT'S ON AT THE SWEARING FESTIVAL II

Here's what.

AFTERNOON PANEL, 3pm Edinburgh Castle Pub

Linguists and experts discuss How the shits and fucks have changed the

world?

Linguist, Dr. Jonathan Hunt and Litquake founder and writer Jack

Boulware are signed up. More tba.

****

EVENING EVENT, 8pm Edinburgh Castle Pub

*THE MASS SWEARING EXPERIMENT

Anthropologists flash images at the crowd to get their vile responses

*THE MOST-VILE OATH CONTEST

Great prizes for the person with the best oath and curse! In 30

seconds, demolish your ex-husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, asshole boss,

roommate or the dog that keeps shitting on the sidewalk outside your

apartment.

*THE VERBAL ABUSE DUEL

Pistols drawn! Face off against a complete stranger! Just yards from

their face, give them the once over and eviscerate them from your

soapbox. And wait for their reply. The mob will be the judge. Prizes for

those left standing, bandages for the emotionally wounded.

*THE OATH WALL

Scrawl your favorite oaths and curses on our massive wall.

*SWEAR INTO THE LIGHT

Victims strapped into the cussing seat, designed by the Vice

Presidential Ideas Group

*LIVE MUSIC WITH LES MERDES

Vile cover versions of your famous, favorite songs.

*FOREIGN SWEARIING

How to cuss that stale croissant or dodgy curry while vacationing.

*SHITE DISCO

Finish off the night by dancing to our disc jockey's tribute to really

shite disco.

*GIVE-AWAYS. PRIZES BY CHRONICLE BOOKS

*SPECIAL GUESTS

MORE EFFEN BLINDING

*Exodus 20:7-THOU SHALT NOT TAKE THE NAME OF THE LORD THY GOD IN VAIN

*The word cunt was originally a word of tribute for women in earlier

societies.

*The first appearance of the words fuck and cunt in the Oxford English

Dictionary was in 1972.

*Dick Cheney told Patrick Leahy to go fuck himself on the floor of the

Senate. Nice.

*FCUK posters caused a stir when they hit the streets.

*This is the name of a village in Austria

*Madonna used the f-word on Letterman 13 times.

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