Sunday, 19 February 2006

Micah!

Anyone catch Micah's interview after tonight's game? He's only 17 and had just scored the equaliser four minutes into injury time in a game we should have won at a canter. Anyway, add all that together and it's not much of a surprise that he let slip a word that had the interviewer reminding him about the live, national audience and a stern looking Lineker apologising to anyone who was offended.

8 careful considerations:

Rob Spence said...

"What can I say"?
BTW, I'm sure I heard on the radio this am that someone had been fined for swearing, even though he was only talking to his mates, but I can't find a reference to it.

Nogbad said...

Not heard about that but Micah certainly used the "F" word live on BBC1 at a time when we might be more used to Miss Marple or Midsomer Murders. Now the draw - winner of the replay gets teh winner of the Bolton Vs West Ham replay at home

robotjam said...

I saw that it was brilliant. The way he slipped it into the inverview it was so casual at first I thought "he didn't really say that did he ?".

Rob Spence said...

Finally tracked down that story about the lad fined for swearing, via Owen Barder's blog. It's here
WV is suitable rude: turdz

Nogbad said...

Rob - the local news picked that up last night as Mr Walker lives near here. Interestingly a local counsellor was interviewed and supported Mr Walker's stance in that he's said he won't pay and he is taking legal advice over defending this in court. I'm reminded of the reasons that this word is deemed "rude" (the invasion of 1066 and the use of Norman French rather than "English" as the language of the toffs) and George Orwell's views on the word. No question over Micah Richards being fined for saying the same word to a national audience on the beeb?

Rob Spence said...

Your thing about Marple etc aside, I can't see how the BBC can get uptight about this word when they screen The Thick of It at a similar time. Nothing against Thick of It by the way - best thing on the box in my opinion.
What I do find depressing is the use of fuck for everything - "thank fuck" being the dimmest usage. It is, after all, just a word. I'm reminded of the inarticulate mechanic trying to explain to a customer that an engine was not repairable: "the fucking fucker's fucking fucked"...

Nogbad said...

I threw in Miss Marple for effect (as I'm sure you know) and I agree that The Thick of It is brilliant. I think they overstate the use of "fuck" for effect because we're all supposed to believe that politicians (with the possible exception of Prescott) wouldn't let that word sully their lips.

TFFT or TGFT are both well used abbreviations in emails :-)

I trained as a chef and Gordon Ramsey's language in the kitchen is not for effect or to grab ratings, that's what that environment is like so not only do I understand your mechanic but I've probably said similar when realising that a dish which should have had 10 minutes in the oven is remembered an hour later :-)

Bluefluff said...

This was a story on Monday, too:
BBC rapped over Live 8 swearing
Perhaps it's national anti-swearing week? Perhaps Owen Barder knows more than he's letting on?