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March 3, 2005 • 12:21 AM

Frackin': My new favorite word

OK, I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve gotten sucked into the new Battlestar Galactica series. I had to watch at first just to see what the SciFi Channel had done to the series I knew and loved as a kid. (A female Starbuck?! What in the gods’ names could they be thinking?) I’ve been genuinely impressed with almost every aspect of the show—the amazingly realistic visual effects, the interesting story lines, the clever twists. But most of all, I’ve enjoyed hearing the characters cuss.

Rather than simply sanitizing the scripts of all four-letter words, the writers wisely chose to assume that, this being a different time and place, different vocabulary could be considered profane. Hence: frack. In every episode, you’ll hear things like “No frackin’ way!” and “Oh man, we’re really fracked!” and “What the frack are you doing?” And because these lines are delivered without the slightest irony or humor, we buy them as real swearing. Improbably, it works extremely well.

Thus, I’m giving up “flippin'” for “frackin'”—at least for the time being. Oh, you think that’s silly? Go frack yourself.

Comments

  1. Jackie
    March 3rd, 2005 | 11:23 am

    I think that they stole it from Farscape ;-) Farscape has a tremendously rich and fabulous swear word vocabulary. For example:

    “That frelling tralk — she’s got you by the mivonks!”

    “We’re totally in the dren now”

    “What the hezmana is going on?”

    I remember hearing a linguist talking about the fact that there are common kinds of sounds in many swear words, and this probably bears it out. Frelling sounds convincingly like an authentic swear word.

  2. Jackie
    March 3rd, 2005 | 3:23 am

    I think that they stole it from Farscape ;-) Farscape has a tremendously rich and fabulous swear word vocabulary. For example:

    “That frelling tralk — she’s got you by the mivonks!”

    “We’re totally in the dren now”

    “What the hezmana is going on?”

    I remember hearing a linguist talking about the fact that there are common kinds of sounds in many swear words, and this probably bears it out. Frelling sounds convincingly like an authentic swear word.

  3. March 4th, 2005 | 2:01 pm

    Jackie: “frack” came from the original BSG series. I’m glad they had the sense to keep it, and ditch the made-up units of measurement…

  4. March 4th, 2005 | 6:01 am

    Jackie: “frack” came from the original BSG series. I’m glad they had the sense to keep it, and ditch the made-up units of measurement…

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  6. BSG LOATHER
    March 29th, 2007 | 9:38 pm

    Oh my God How annoying is this frackin programme. It bores me to frackin tears. And if they dont stop using that frackin word I will blow the frackin tv up

  7. BSG LOATHER
    March 29th, 2007 | 1:38 pm

    Oh my God How annoying is this frackin programme. It bores me to frackin tears. And if they dont stop using that frackin word I will blow the frackin tv up

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