Cameron and twits and twats

August 4th, 2009 at 7:26 am by David Farrar

Was very amused by this story:

The leader of the Conservative Party was forced to apologise this morning after swearing twice during a live radio interview.

In an apparent bid to prove that he was not out of touch, appeared on the Christian O’Connell show on Absolute Radio to discuss his life outside Westminster. He turned his satirical fire on the latest internet craze, revealing that he was not on .

“Politicians do have to think about what they say,” said Mr Cameron.

“The trouble with Twitter, the instantness [sic] of it, is I think that too many twits might make a twat.”

The problem for David is that there are two meanings for the word twat. One is:

1 (British, offensive, slang) A contemptible and stupid person, idiot. Note this can be used affectionately

The other is:

2 (vulgar, slang) A vagina, pussy, vulva, clitoris

He then also on air used a far more minor swear word:

He told thousands of breakfast show listeners: “The public are rightly, I think, pissed off – sorry, I can’t say that in the morning – angry with politicians.”

And the radio host heard Cameron talking to his press secretary afterwards:

“He said (to her): ’That seemed to go OK.’

“She said: ’Yeah, apart from the language.’

“He said: ’Oh, yeah, pissed, sorry about that, I’m really sorry.’

“She said: ’No, it was the twat.’

“He said: ’That’s not a swear word.’

“His press secretary went: ’It is.”’

I would have liked to have seen his face when she explained exactly what the other meaning of the word was!

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22 Responses to “Cameron and twits and twats”

  1. Grant Michael McKenna (1,110 comments) says:

    I liked Christian O’Connell’s comment “I think he must be posh, where a lot of them don’t think twat is a swear word. “

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  2. ephemera (557 comments) says:

    It is no small irony that the upper classes casually exercise more vulgar language than anyone else in Britain.

    Blair known to have called his wife a ‘gobby scouse’ on social occasions.

    Edit @Grant Michael McKenna: Snap

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  3. metcalph (1,366 comments) says:

    A silly season news beat-up

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  4. wreck1080 (3,999 comments) says:

    omg: Slow news day.

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  5. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    Oh puhrlease Farrar, Camerons ‘bloopers’ were a pre arranged ‘get down with the kids’ session on Radio Yoof “Absolute Radio’ ex- Virgin Radio.

    Can anyone comment on the equivalent Radio and language for JK to indulge in?

    ;)

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  6. Rakaia George (313 comments) says:

    Interestingly different language standards between my country of residence and country of birth…Cameron would never have used “bugger”…

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  7. Fletch (6,517 comments) says:

    Sorry to be a pedant, but doesn’t it depend on the pronunciation?
    Did he say ‘twat’ (rhymes with ‘cat’) or ‘twat’ (rhymes with ‘what’)?
    One is more offensive than the other I think.

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  8. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    like karnt and c*nt?

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  9. Glutaemus Maximus (2,207 comments) says:

    Now my Wife has got the all clear from Breast Cancer, can’t wait to get back.

    So over the UK, England, and the crappy cold weather in the North.

    Homesick.

    Cameron is JK in disguise!

    You never see them to-gether. Do you?

    Obama’s blood brother.

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  10. Mark Unsworth (41 comments) says:

    Fletch .From my time on the terraces at football matches in England I have noted that the poms say the word “twat “where we pronounce it twot .Same meaning though

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  11. peterwn (3,332 comments) says:

    I have learnt something new. It seems that pretty well every word of that sort has some sexual connotation or similar lurking in the background.

    Even something as apparently innocous as ‘strewth’ has a problem as it apparently came from ‘God’s Truth’ and hence could be regarded as blasphemous. In the 1940’s – 1950’s BBC chiefs apparently ummmmmed and aaaaaared over its use and finally allowed it so stay in a comedy script.

    Script writers had to be careful hence CPO Pertwee said ‘belt up’ instead of ‘shut up’ in the ‘Navy Lark’.

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  12. Brian Smaller (3,965 comments) says:

    What crap.

    Twat and Twit have the same meaning – a stupid person. Other meanings are based on context.
    Prick = a jab with something sharp. Prick = someone like Phil.

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  13. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    Thats good news GM.

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  14. bearhunter (822 comments) says:

    Brian, twat has two meanings and the use of it to mean a stupid or irrelevant person is derived from its original use.

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  15. TripeWryter (716 comments) says:

    Fletch has it right.
    Twat (as in ‘at’) is the silly fool meaning.
    Twot is the ahem, er, vulgar one.
    Did Cameron mean at or ot?

    And yes, slow news day. Journalists exciting themselves, just like their cousins in Wellington trying to nail Bill English to the wall (and no, I am not a National supporter [nor a Labour] nor …. *sigh*)

    English is one of the more honest and decent human beings being a politicians we have.

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  16. Brian Smaller (3,965 comments) says:

    Brian, twat has two meanings and the use of it to mean a stupid or irrelevant person is derived from its original use.

    I know – but reality is that calling someone a twat (stupid or a cnut) is so mainstream that it is used on The Bill, Eastenders, Coro St etc etc. Who the fuck cares? This is like the Bugger ad here a few years back.

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  17. Kris K (3,570 comments) says:

    Brian Smaller 11:37 am,

    The real question is, ‘Is it possible to bugger a twat?’
    For example, if we removed MMP and went back to FPP would we have a Green Party in politics, and therefore stupid laws being proposed by such as Sue Bradford?
    Repeal MMP and ‘bugger the twats’ I say.

    Does the above context clarify the meaning of these two slang terms in this example? I certainly hope so.
    Hint: Bugger = ‘to stuff up’. Twat = ‘a silly person/persons’. Obviously.

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  18. PaulL (5,446 comments) says:

    The one that amuses me is “hurts like buggery”. I heard someone on Aussie tv use it the other day. Seems to me that buggery mustn’t hurt that much, lots homosexuals all over the world do it, and I presume they aren’t all masochists. So not only is it clearly a rather crass thing to say, it’s probably also offensive to gays. Yet it is common language.

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  19. Kris K (3,570 comments) says:

    PaulL 2:28 pm,
    “The one that amuses me is “hurts like buggery”.”

    I wonder if that’s similar to ‘hurts like a bastard’?
    Maybe labour pains and the final birth of illegitimate children greatly surpass that of those that come from within marriage?
    Perhaps this question could be put to ‘many’ currently on the DPB.

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  20. Brian Smaller (3,965 comments) says:

    PaulL – You may not be old enough to have had a colonoscopy yet. That will put you off buggery for life.

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  21. Tauhei Notts (1,687 comments) says:

    A twat (rhymes with what) shot at golf is one that does not make the ladies’ tee.
    The standard penalty is rums for the group of four.

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