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Comment: I have been told that Wilma Flintstone once swore on an episode
of The Flintstones that made it to air.

Apparently, in an episode where Fred & Barney accidently join the army,
Wilma says as they are walking out the door

"trust Fred and Barney to bollocks things up."

Is this true?

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skyeg
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Well, according to TV.com, this happened in the first season in the episode "Astra' Nuts".

Also got a reference to it here as number 40 of the top 100 funniest moments on tv.

If anyone can track down a copy of the episode, then that should pretty much settle it.

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skyeg - I saw the 100 Greatest Funny Moments on Channel 4 that you linked to, and they did indeed show the clip of The Flintstones with Wilma saying "bollocks".

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The Flintstones was an “adult” cartoon that originally aired in primetime so I could see Wilma saying something risqué. When it went into syndication, it was retooled for children
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quote:
Originally posted by Stoneage Dinosaur:
skyeg - I saw the 100 Greatest Funny Moments on Channel 4 that you linked to, and they did indeed show the clip of The Flintstones with Wilma saying "bollocks".

I'll second that, I saw it too.

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I've just thought of another sweary animation. There was a 100 Greatest Cartoons show on Channel 4 recently, and it showed the clip from Watership Down where a seagull tells one of the rabbits to "piss off". Apparently the book features the same phrase as well.

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Watership Down is definately not a kid movie, so I don't see why "piss off" should be offensive there.

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quote:
Originally posted by Troberg:
Watership Down is definately not a kid movie, so I don't see why "piss off" should be offensive there.

But it's animated! How can it not be a kid movie and still be animated?

Honestly, when I saw it (in the theaters, lo these many years ago), there were enough young children in the audience to make me positive most of the parents bringing them thought exactly that.

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I'm certain what she said was " bollix things up." Bollix was in very common parlance in the sixties, in the sense of "screw things up" (and that wasn't considered dirty, either, although I guess it is [Big Grin] ), and nobody ever thought it was dirty. My MOM used it, for cripes sake, and she never said anything dirtier than "for cripes sake." [Smile]

Now, according to Merriam, "bollix" is just a variant form of "bollocks." But I heard that word for years and years before I ever even discovered the word "bollocks", meaning "testicles". And I never made a connection between "bollocks" and "bollix" until I just now looked them up. Isn't "bollocks" more a Britishism anyway?

ETA: I have often seen, in older writings, the phrase "all balled up." I never, until this moment, made the connection between that phrase and "balls" as "testicles." I always thought of it as, say, string getting balled up and unusable.

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I think it was also "bollix", and in the US at least it has a fairly innocuous connotation.

Then again, so does "fanny."

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Precisely. "Bollix" was not even the slightest bit risque in 1960s America.
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quote:
Originally posted by Brandi:
I think it was also "bollix", and in the US at least it has a fairly innocuous connotation.

Then again, so does "fanny."

Which explains, as I've mentioned several times previously, why the 1944 British movie release Fanny by Gaslight had to be retitled for American release.

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quote:
Originally posted by Chalky Studebaker:
quote:
Originally posted by Brandi:
I think it was also "bollix", and in the US at least it has a fairly innocuous connotation.

Then again, so does "fanny."

Which explains, as I've mentioned several times previously, why the 1944 British movie release Fanny by Gaslight had to be retitled for American release.
Seems like it would be the other way around.

"Fanny" is a rather goofy term for your bum in the USA. It's a slang term for vagina in the UK.

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quote:
Originally posted by SeabooMuffinchucker:
quote:
Originally posted by Troberg:
Watership Down is definately not a kid movie, so I don't see why "piss off" should be offensive there.

But it's animated! How can it not be a kid movie and still be animated?

Honestly, when I saw it (in the theaters, lo these many years ago), there were enough young children in the audience to make me positive most of the parents bringing them thought exactly that.

Seaboe

Yup. As a kid, I never got as far as the "piss off" because I was always elsewhere having an attack of the screaming abdabs having witnessed Fiver's hallucinations of swaying pylons in blood-soaked fields in the first ten minutes.

ETA - I saw the clip Channel 4 reckoned was Wilma saying "bollocks" too. I remember thinking that, if she WAS saying bollocks, the actress had misheard/mispronounced it. If the word "bollix" exists that would explain it.

It was very funny to hear Wilma apparently using foul British bloke-down-the-pub dialect, though.

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quote:
Originally posted by SeabooMuffinchucker:
quote:
Originally posted by Troberg:
Watership Down is definately not a kid movie, so I don't see why "piss off" should be offensive there.

But it's animated! How can it not be a kid movie and still be animated?
(Hoping you're being somewhat sarcastic) Doesn't anybody remember "Fritz The Cat"? [Cool]

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I remember Fritz the Cat. Definatly an adult cartoon! Also look at Family Guy, not exactly for children either (although I personally love it).
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Take Princess Mononke, great movie but most parents were shocked when they took their kids. Actually msot naime I watch is no more violent, and inf act less so, then the usual movies shown here. But, GOSH they're animated, what a shock! How evil! [Big Grin]

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Pob14 if you like th eorigin of words try the following website. You'll see that the words are not Britishism's but can be traced back to "balls" in 1325.
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