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A question about the 'S' word.

Discussion in 'Communications' started by Thraxwhirl, Aug 4, 2003.

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  1. Thraxwhirl

    Thraxwhirl Jedi Knight star 5

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    Ahem, we're not allowed to say the 's' word, as I understand it, but are we allowed to refer to the small yappy-type dog, a '****-su', by its real name?

    Thing is, I want to tell a story in YJCC, which conveivably might interest some users if they're clever enough to spot the term, but using that particular word is vital.

    I promise there's nothing rude in the story.

    Can we say '****-su'?

    An example of this which wasn't rude, and featured in John Cleese's classic Fawlty Towers:

    "What type of dog is that?"

    "He's a ****-su."

    "Is it? Oh dear, I'm sorry."

    My story kinda hinges on the word for a similar reason, but doesn't use the four letter 's' word or any gross imagery.

    Is it ok?

    I can PM any mod who wishes to read it for perusal first.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Darth_Dagsy

    Darth_Dagsy Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I thought it was shi-tsu or shih-tsu or something like that....with the hyphon *before* the 't'?
     
  3. Thraxwhirl

    Thraxwhirl Jedi Knight star 5

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    I had a look on dictionary.com, Dagsy, and it's spelt many different ways, but the spelling I chose is better for the purposes of the story. Can I PM you the story?

    :)

    Actually, thinking about it, it could work ok with 'shi-tsu', since the gag revolves around the word ending with 'su', but the placing of the hyphen is uimportant.

    Yeah, ok, I'll do it that way.

    Thanks.
     
  4. dp4m

    dp4m Chosen One star 10

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    The proper spelling is shih-tzu (or tsu for stupid Americanized versions).
     
  5. DarthSapient

    DarthSapient Jedi Youngling star 10

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    I would go with the spellings offered by Darth Dagsy and dp4m. ;)
     
  6. Genghis12

    Genghis12 Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Thrax...
    "I had a look on dictionary.com, Dagsy, and it's spelt many different ways..."

    While neither here nor there, interestingly enough, the response from dictionary.com for "****-su," "****-zu," "****-tzu," or "****-tsu" is "No entry found"

    The dictionary.com response for "shih-tzu" is:[ul]1 entry found for shih-tzu.
    shih-tzu

    n : a Chinese breed of small dog similar to a Pekingese [syn: Shih-Tzu][/ul]Out of curiosity, since you said you looked on dictionary.com, what were the responses it gave you for the above words?
     
  7. DarthSapient

    DarthSapient Jedi Youngling star 10

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    If you went with the spellings provided by Darth Dagsy, Genghis, and dp4m, would the main idea you were trying to convey still get across to readers?
     
  8. chitwood

    chitwood TheForce.Net co-owner star 4 VIP

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    What about harass? Can we say that?

    ;)

    Josh
     
  9. Sebulba-X

    Sebulba-X •X C2 C3 MW RSA• star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    [link=http://www.akc.org/breeds/recbreeds/shihtzu.cfm]American Kennel Club: Shih Tzu[/link]
    [link=http://www.canadiankennelclub.com/scoop/breed/default-refresh.asp?load=149]Canadian Kennel Club: Shih Tzu[/link]
    [link=http://www.the-kennel-club.org.uk/discoverdogs/utility/u938.htm]The Kennel Club (UK): Shih Tzu[/link]

    No dashes, no childishly inappropriate letter combinations. The real question is why anything the size of a cat is considered a dog. [face_mischief]
     
  10. DarthSapient

    DarthSapient Jedi Youngling star 10

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    What does harass look like?
     
  11. TK_Four_Two_One

    TK_Four_Two_One Jedi Master star 5

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    i like ****-sue though! :p though we could all jus say she-ite-su! :D

    *does a runner*
     
  12. DarthSapient

    DarthSapient Jedi Youngling star 10

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    I think we better close the door on this one. :)
     
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