Friday, July 27, 2012

Kids, disrespecting their elders since 500BC

Kids today, eh? The stuff they come out with. No manners; so uncouth, so crude, so scatological and sex-obsessed. Not like the old days. Just look at this pub graffiti. I’ve taken out names, to protect identities, and paraphrased some of the rude bits, in order to make it suitable for a family newspaper: “I [made love to] the barmaid”; “don’t [perform a sex act] on girls against the city wall like a dog”; “[Name removed] likes to [make love to] boys”; [Name removed] [defecated] here”; “Weep, girls. My [penis] has given you up; now it penetrates [men’s behinds]”; [Name removed], take off your tunic, please, and show us your [hirsute private parts]”. “I [made love to] a lot of girls here”.

It’s not as though commenters haven’t noticed, of course. “Our youth now love luxury,” sighed one well-known public intellectual. “They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannise their teachers.”