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Shat and Scat

by James Lileks

TV reflects our standards; TV changes our standards. If you want to know where standards are heading when it comes to salty lingo on the tube, consider the name of a new show: “$#*! My Dad Says.” As we all know from reading comics, the shift-key/number-key string stands for a naughty word. Or, if you like, a perfectly ordinary word used by millions of people, universally known even by those who never employ it, a word with an equivalent in every tongue, and possibly the first word ever spoken by a humanoid after he stood erect, looked around, and saw a tiger in the bush about to pounce. The word is less fully bleeped in the book title from which the show derives, and not bleeped at all in the Twitter account — yes, this is a TV show based on a Twitter account — that preceded the book. If there’s a movie, you can expect the title will be “$#*!,” with the possible addition of “3D.”

The star is William Shatner, a.k.a. James T. Kirk, a man who had a second career as T. J. Hooker, and a third career as William Shatner. Asked about the controversial title, he said he wished they’d use the word.

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