Love the guy or hate the guy, VP Joe Biden is pretty frakkin' entertaining.
In case you missed it yesterday, just as he was introducing the President for a press conference about the health care bill, Biden dropped an F-bomb while whispering to Obama that was caught by the live mike.
It's the latest in a long line of verbal gaffes by the VP, who clearly is not a "Battlestar Galactica" fan, because "frakkin'" in that series has become almost wide-spread among regular society for people who aren't in a position to say or write down the F-bomb, but definitely want it to come across. (The word goes back to the original 1979 "BSG," by the way).
The word actually keeps popping up on various other shows from time to time, usually with a tip of the cap to "BSG."
"Frak" is a pretty good word that multi-tasks, since it's used as a noun ("You frak!"), a verb ("I caught them frakking!") and an adjective ("Couldn't you come up with a better topic for this frakking blog?")
As for the F-bomb, there have been notable cases of it getting aired on broadcast TV. Bono of U2 once used it in a live speech at one music awards show, for example. It's funny how much more salty language makes it onto the airwaves these days, though the F-bomb is still one of the few words that can get people into trouble.
Perhaps the most infamous incident was on "Saturday Night Live" in 1980-81, when cast member Charles Rocket used it while ad-libbing on live TV during a sketch about "Who Shot Charlie Rocket?" a play on the "Dallas" cliffhanger. Rocket was booted from the cast and his career -- he was once thought to be the successor to Chevy Chase and Bill Murray when he started out -- never really took off before his suicide a few years ago.
One does wonder if kids are going to try to use the word, and if they risk punishment by a parent or a teacher, they counter with the argument "Hey, Joe Biden said it!"
In the end, the whole thing is really much ado about nothing -- but frakkin' hilarious.
WEDNESDAY'S BEST BETS: ABC airs new episodes of "In the Middle," "Modern Family" and "Cougar Town" (with guest star Sheryl Crow) beginning at 8:30 p.m. and followed by a new "Ugly Betty."
CBS moves "Survivor" to Wednesday at 8 p.m. this week because of the NCAA tournament, but everything else is a rerun.
Fox is all-new with "Human Target" at 8 p.m., followed by "American Idol," while NBC airs a new "Mercy" at 8 p.m. and a new "Law & Order: SVU" at 10 p.m.
The CW debuts its new reality series, "Fly Girls" at 9 p.m., following "Top Model" and ahead of "High Society" at 9:30 p.m.
On cable, I hope people have gotten a chance to watch "The In-Betweeners" (BBC America, 9:30 p.m.) which makes me laugh more than any show on TV. I wonder if the writers will ever run out of ways to frak over these four guys.