Even the most avid football fans may feel that they know more than they need to know about English players’ conversation on the pitch?
Though probably few of us knew that ‘handbagging’ is footballer slang for ‘a bit of banter’. This seems to be an unlikely cross-over from Mrs Thatcher’s famous wielding of her key accessory (recently auctioned for just £25,000)in defence of UK rebates. Though she certainly wasn’t bantering.
Despite a media overdose of asterisks and bleeps some key questions remain : along with the strong interest in unacceptable racism why has unacceptable sexism not been noticed, or does it go without saying that for a man to call another man a woman’s sexual organ is acceptable as a casual insult? To quote Mr Ferdinand, ‘When someone calls you ‘a c*nt’ that’s fine, but when someone brings your colour into it, it takes it to another level ’. And of course the pithy, explosive, Anglo -saxon wins hands down over the leisurely Latin. Could poor Mr Terry have said you are a ‘black vagina’ with quite the same élan?
However the V word though still not deserving of an * apparently still has the power to shock & may pretty soon become an acceptable insult between men. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jun/15/michigan-politician-banned-using-word-vagina (Republican, Nashville, MI, Representative Mike Callton, added: “What she said was offensive. It was so offensive I don’t even want to say it in front of women. I would not say that in mixed company.”)
The second question – after that small detour – is ; what do women footballers say to each other in the heat of the moment; “I called her a ‘f*ckin (black) d*ck’, m’lud, but it was only a bit of briefcase.”?
See more on the language of love at:
BBC News – John Terry ‘angry’ over Anton Ferdinand racism claimswww.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-18781322