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Stephen Simm

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‘NICE’ and other four-letter words

I’m so angry that I’m finding it difficult not to colour this post with various four-letter words. Today I’m having a particularly bad reaction to the disease of our age – Entitlement. The kind of reaction that inspires a multitude of venomous obscenities.

In my day-to-day life I’m rather fond of so-called ‘coarse’ language. I like how expressive it is, and how people overreact to it, as though a particular arrangement of letters transforms into an ominous entity (which, of course, it can in some cases e.g. the K-word … kanga). Don’t get me wrong, I’m not about to go and meet the Queen and comment on the c**ts who ruined my drive there. I’m as courteous and polite as is required; in fact, I pride myself on decorum and good manners. Most of the time, I’m nice. I reserve my ‘bad’ language for my friends. Just lately, however, I’m seriously beginning to question the philosophy of honey attracting more flies, etc. The vinegar is rising. It’s ready to spill and drench.

The fact of the matter is I am getting mighty f**king p***ed off with the air of entitlement choking up the bloody atmosphere these days. Now I’ll be the first to admit that generally I have issues with people: I tend to avoid them, and view mankind from the glass-half-empty perspective. That said, however, I always try to ensure that in my dealings with people and the world I pull my weight, deliver the goods and never take a mile when offered an inch. So it really, really, really bothers me when I don’t get the same back. And yes, I know the shtick about expectations leading to disappointment, blah-blah-blah, but I’m fed-up.

As you’ve probably guessed I’m skirting around the specifics, and I have my reasons for that. Despite this it’s the underlying issue I take issue with. I don’t feel entitled to anything. I earn what I get. And the fact that other people just expect it makes me want to pull my f**king hair out.

So it’s got me thinking that perhaps ‘nice’ is the most nefarious four-letter word around. I felt so liberated today when I filled my Facebook status with expletives. At least they’re honest (which is often not the case with ‘nice’). I hate the argument that it displays a lack of vocabulary, as though ‘flipping’ is such an impressive alternative. What a load of horses**t.

The doubt is beginning to creep in: ‘Should I be putting this in my blog?’, ‘Is it too much? Too negative?’. So I shall round off this rant before I get cold feet. It’s honest. It ain’t always sunshine, chortles and cuddles. Sometimes it’s people who seem so stupid, so morally reprehensible, so oblivious to common decency and just so gosh-darn gob-smackingly entitled that one has to wonder how they function in the real world. I hate those people. They are bloodsucking motherf**king c**sucking d**ckhead c**ts who should be slapped around until they get a clue.

I think that would be nice.

P.S. There are 89 four-letter words in the above post, for the OCD-inclined among you.

P.P.S. If any of the above words offend you, imagine flowers and fairies where the asterisks are.

 

Recent comments:

  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    October 25th, 2007 @12:29 #
     
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    I'll see your "nice" and raise you a "blog".

    Good to hear from you, Mr S, and remember, all those entitled people out there don't have what you have: fame (of a kind), good looks (for cert), literary riches (in spades) and a lovely little corner of the web from which to vent! That's practically as good as revenge. Not.

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  • Heather
    Heather
    October 25th, 2007 @17:36 #
     
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    The only time it is acceptable be "nice"
    is when it rhymes and even then it is considered a vice:

    Amsterdam, night and day
    Amsterdam, hetero, also gay
    Amsterdam, black and white
    Amsterdam, terrible and nice
    Amsterdam, my little paradise

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  • <a href="http://stephensimm.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Stephen</a>
    Stephen
    October 29th, 2007 @12:03 #
     
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    Thanks, Ben - I feel a bit better. I'm fine (another noxious four-letter word).

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    October 29th, 2007 @12:36 #
     
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    I'm feeling a little Simm today.

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  • <a href="http://stephensimm.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Stephen</a>
    Stephen
    October 29th, 2007 @14:14 #
     
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    Hey, Richard. I had a feeling you'd peek in on this one :-).

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    October 29th, 2007 @14:55 #
     
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    It was very hard to resist.

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