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the language [Jun. 14th, 2004|07:22 pm]


I've heard a lot of people say the language isn't authentic to the west, but are there any records as to what slang/curse/vernacular words they did use around the timeframe of Deadwood?

Love the show regardless.

[User Picture]From: alien88
2004-06-14 09:38 pm (UTC)
Here's a article on usatoday about the swearing that answers your question =)
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[User Picture]From: dalhectar
2004-06-15 03:26 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: quantumlotus
2004-06-22 08:51 am (UTC)
lol USA today. I try NOT to read that rag. Best to do your own research since we can al read above a 5th grade level, why lower ourselves to the standards of the "Everything's Okay" Today? Terrible NEWSpaper, but not a bad sanitized and pre-approved skewed semi-current information publication. You can't believe a LOT of what is in there because most of the stories are spun rather heavily. News does not need color graphs and pie charts, that's just junk food news.

i will hereby conduct my own research into the matter and see what I can discover.
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[User Picture]From: quantumlotus
2004-06-22 08:51 am (UTC)
oh yes, and...

cocksucker. The only word of english Wu knows. lol.
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[User Picture]From: minirth
2004-06-23 03:22 pm (UTC)
I liked this article that HBO's Deadwood site has linked.

But the most lasting impression of the show comes from its foul, fouler and foulest language, a stream of obscenities so over-the-top as to verge on comical.

Milch defends all the eyebrow-raising elements as authentic.

The real Deadwood, S.D., "never had a population of more than 5,000 people, and they averaged a murder and a half a day," Milch said at an HBO press session for the show in January. "Over time, that's 10 percent of the population murdered each year. That would be the equivalent of 700,000 New Yorkers. So, yes, there was a lot of violence in the camp."

As for the language, "That's the way they spoke," he said. Citing sources that include the Library of Congress' Museum of Living Memory and essayist H.L. Mencken, he added, "The one thing upon which everyone agrees was that the profanity and obscenity were astounding. It was overwhelming."

Even HBO, which isn't governed by the increasingly skittish FCC because it doesn't broadcast over the public airwaves, had "conversations" with Milch about the language, asking whether "it would be so overwhelming that it blurred the experience."

After Milch, a former teacher, produced the equivalent of a term paper on the subject, complete with 50-plus-page bibliography, the issue was dropped without a word changed.

The point, Milch said, is that "the lawlessness of the language" will establish "the idea of a community without law, of how people comport themselves in the absence of any governing principle."
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[User Picture]From: the_sly_wink
2006-08-04 11:54 pm (UTC)
As far as sources outside of Deadwood references and Milch himself, try looking old letters. Of course, the context, writer, and intended receiver will have a big influence on how successful you are. I remember finding some of my father's old Civil War history magazines, and was struck by the 'fucks' in the soldiers' papers.
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