Fracking?on February 15, 2012 at 12:01 am
Someone said to me: “When Cat says ‘frack’ —is that, you know, like fracking, like what they’re doing with the oil in Pennsylvania?”
As far as I know (and it should be noted, Dear Reader, that my knowledge of anything is an imperfect and fragile thing), the young people of today have not, in fact, turned the shortened name for hydraulic fracturing into our latest and greatest profanity, soon to take live telecasts nationwide by storm or, I should say, by swear.
On the contrary, Cat’s “frack*“—as I’m sure many of you recognize—comes from Ron D. Moore’s 2004 Battlestar Galactica reboot, where “frack” was used as a catch-all curse that would be perfectly innocent, but would still resonate on some level with the audience. After all—yes, they’re in space, but it’s still the (space) Navy and you can’t have (space) sailors who don’t swear!
So, why does Cat say it? Well, she really just loves the show. But, as Portlandia teaches us, a little love can be a dangerous thing.
On an unrelated note, today’s our thirteenth page, that most unlucky of numbers, which makes me think about the Knights Templar. If I recall my history right, Friday the 13th is unlucky because it was on that day (in whatever year it was) that the French King Phillip and the Pope conspired to round up all the Templars in Europe and have them murdered. Now—I have no idea if that’s actually true and. moreover, I know that the smallest amount of Googling will answer my queston, but for some reason, I’d rather not know and just keep with the story.
Happy Wednesday (’til Friday!)
*Apparently, we’re spelling it wrong. It’s supposed to be “frak.” But I say…frack that noise~cpd
EDIT: As Tony points out, “we” are not spelling “frack” wrong. S’true.