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November 18, 2004


I have decided to replace all my swearing with substitute words used on TBS (a proud Flea advertiser!). There was a great substitution for "rat's ass" in a movie they showed the other day. Something like, "I don't give a razzmatazz!" Having failed to find a website that could be my guide to this new life path, I am asking Flea-readers for other examples of TBS curse-word substitutes.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at November 18, 2004 05:51 AM

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In Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, doesn't someone only swear with the word "yellow"? A friend abstracted all swearing for a time to the word "crow" as a base for nouns and adjectives and "sift" for verbs and adverbs

Posted by: Alan at November 18, 2004 08:15 AM

I can't recall any others, but I have heard Bruce Willis' line "Yippie-ki-yay, m***********" in Die Hard redubbed with the adorably inane "Yippie-ki-yay, Mister Falcon."

Posted by: Paul Denton at November 18, 2004 08:25 AM

Didn't Ahowcase run a commercial for their uncut movies using clips from TBS-edited versions? One commercial had the immortal line, "Get out of the car, you fluffy sock-sucker!"

Posted by: Craig at November 18, 2004 08:36 AM

I should have mentioned some comments may get tricky due to the range of terms currently Blacklisted!

And I have it on reliable authority that "eat my shorts" was replaced with "eat my socks" in Breakfast Club.

Posted by: Flea at November 18, 2004 09:30 AM

I've never been over to techwood campus so I don't know if there's anyone I should go ask. Sadly thats the same thing with Williams street/Cartoon Network. Those guys are crazy. They're also pretty demanding when it comes to what we setup for them and time tables...You'd think they're newsies or something sometimes....

Ryan....not a spokes person for CNN I do work here however....

Posted by: Ryan Gill at November 18, 2004 02:24 PM

My favorite is Total Recall (the thinking man's Matrix), almost every sentence countains The Big One (except for one where the guy says that the other guy just has it in for Quaid because he's "making love to your wife". Somehow, that seemed to make that sentence obscene). I thought there was no way they could change those all to "forget", so I made sure to catch it when it was broadcast. They mostly used "fog". "His mind's all fogged up!" Can't wait to see Team America on TV.

Posted by: Dave Munger at November 18, 2004 04:01 PM

"Yippie-ki-yay, Mister Falcon!" Brilliant. It's like a Tom Stoppard line. Regular swearing? Fog that!

Posted by: Flea at November 18, 2004 11:54 PM

Mel Gibson in something or other, calling the bad guys "funsters". How odd is that?

Posted by: bigTom at November 19, 2004 01:46 AM

More suspects here:

As I watched Liar, Liar - a harmless, family-friendly Jim Carrey comedy - on television the other night, I noticed that they had dubbed over lines that would barely even qualify as smutty in Britain. "Ass" had been replaced by "butt", while one line had been changed to the frankly implausible: "OK, OK, I kissed her brains out."

Posted by: Flea at November 20, 2004 08:47 PM