Slate is on a roll with Explainers lately…

Does every culture use the suggestion of maternal incest as an insult?

The next time I get in argument, my opponent is definitely being told to “fuck their ancestors of 18 generations.”

Also, this:

The first known print appearance of the English phrase—as the adjectival intensifier motherfucking—dates to a legal document from 1889. In a case before the Texas Court of Appeals, it was reported that the defendant had been referred to by another man as “that God damned mother-fcking, bastardly son-of-a-bitch!” The phrase was considered so vile in late 19th-century America that, in another Texas court case, it was argued that a man who had been called a “mother-fucking son-of-a-bitch” by a person he later shot “could not be found guilty of a higher offense than manslaughter,” so grave was the offense.

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One response to “Slate is on a roll with Explainers lately…

  1. carriewells

    i was gonna use that one dammit!

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