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Dickwads and Dickweeds: A History

Art Taylor, a local writer, critic, and George Mason University English prof who also works on GMU's annual Fall for the Book Festival, has been making a few revisions to his novel in progress. The book is set in 1984, so he's been careful about matters of historical authenticity. Very careful: In a blog post he explains why he had to replace the word dickwad with the word dickweed in a passage. Dickwad only came into circulation in 1989, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, while dickweed started making the rounds in 1984, made famous two years later in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure ("You killed Ted, you Medieval dick-weed!")

No word on the provenance on dillweed, though I'd guess it was a way for Mike Judge to get dickweed past MTV's censors, in time making the word safe for AT&T ads:

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  • Thornton

    That's like replacing the word "Ernest" with the word "Ernest".

  • Ernest

    That's enough, Thor. Oh Are you wearing makeup? You don't need any.

  • Thornton

    Ernest, do not comment again, you heedless buffoon. Leave peacefully before you further embarrass your obviously incompetent mother, you benighted dullard. You are a dickwad. Or is that 'dickweed'? No, it's Ernest. That'll do nicely. Ernest.

  • Ernest

    If wit were shit, Thor, you'd die from the effort of straining. Give up, already.

  • Thornton

    No wit necessary. Please stop being such an Ernest. You prove your idiocy with every comment. Don't type again, Ernest.

  • Ernest

    Thor, you don't stand a chance, shithead.

  • Thornton

    What a sorry bastard. I'm going back to just reading (though my comment war with this little kid has been mildly amusing). Sorry for subjecting you to such asinine behavior, folks. Ernest is a gas. Not sure which kind, though.

  • Ernest

    To put it simply, Thor, your main defects (so far) are stupidity, ignorance and rudeness. That's why people don't like you as they like me. Get lost with dignity if you have any, Thor. Before it really hurts, Thor. You made a complete ass of yourself. And I doubt if you even know it.

  • Thornton

    Can someone say 'delusional psycho'?

  • Ernest

    Still here, horse's ass?

  • Sarah

    Ernest does seem a very nice person.

  • Thornton

    Yeah, as if Sarah isn't Ernest's new "Peggy" (which is, in fact, Ernest himself). Everyone knows your game, Ernest/Sarah/Peggy/Bobby. Have an admin check the IP address from which "Sarah" came and I guarantee it's the same as Ernest's. Nice try, loser.

  • Ernest

    Thorn,

    They say that man evolved from ape. Apparently, Thorn, you haven't evolved yet.

    What an awful creature that Thor is, is he not, Sarah?

  • Dave

    I'd say the odds are even money that Thornton himself is just another alter ego of Ernest/Sarah/Peggy/Bobby.

  • Dave

    Hey what gives with this "Your comment is awaiting moderation" thing? When did the City Desk institute this policy?

  • admin

    Dave: This particular thread is getting out of hand, that's all. -WAM

  • Dave

    Hmmm...

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