December 10, 2007

Nun of the above

A deadpan joke? Or a reporter's satirical protest against his employer's censorship policies? (I refuse to consider the non-ironic possibility.)

From a ReutersMetro (UK) article about a nun who read a list of banned swear words in class: "Sadly, it has not been reported exactly what swearwords the nun used, although it seems likely that ****, ****, ************, **********, *** and **** were on the list."

Posted by Daniel Radosh


Finally, proof that the major news media are no more mature than a Catholic high school. Also, why "sadly"?

"Sadly" says to me that the reporter was definitely joking.

That's an Associated Press story, not Reuters -- Reuters reporters aren't allowed to fail that badly in trying to be funny. Correction please!

Plus, Reuters doesn't mind swearing: the word "fuck" alone has appeared in at least two dozen stories on the wire in the last year. Here's a great example: http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSSP303377

Here's another great example:

You're right that the story originated with the AP, but as far as I can tell, the joke was added by someone at Metro.

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