Comrade Vasu is an unrepentant Socialist. I think he still considers himself a Marxist and perhaps even a Trotskyite. He’s an unrepentant kind of guy. That’s why he is refusing to say sorry for using the P-word on Ranil. Bandula Gunawardena in trying to save Vasu the blushes has made things worse but that’s another story. Let’s stick to Vasu and the P- word.
Vasu defined himself in a non-Marxist or rather out-of-Marx kind of way when he used the P-word. No, he didn’t define himself to be a crude kind of person for cuss words are used by one and all, gentlemen and otherwise, Kolombians and non-Kolombians. He defined himself as someone who is not and will never be a Kolombian. It’s simple. The P-word is never used by us. We are F-word people. Not P****** but F******.
Just imagine a Kolombian gathering; let’s say at a corporate board meeting. People get upset sometimes. They lose their tempers. They vent out their frustrations. They spew out cuss words. They will toss out four letter words left and right. You might hear F-off, F-them, F-it, F-you Mother-effer, etc., etc. All,that is OKAY. But if someone wants to use the P word or the H word for that matter he/she would immediately be censured with an audible ‘Shhhhhhh’, disapproving frowns from the more polite and eventually lose standing in the K community.
That’s a fundamental difference between us and them. We think it’s ok to swear, but the swearing must in English. English cuss words are somehow not as vulgar-sounding as Sinhala cuss words. That’s probably indicative of cultural superiority, I am convinced. We can eff things up anyway we want and therefore we can say it too. That’s culture. That’s civilization. That’s class. No disjuncture between word and deed, no contradiction.
Non-Kolombians of the P-word using kind do it when they are really, really angry or when they are drunk. They don’t use the P-word as verb (transitive and intransitive), noun, adjective etc., etc. The P-word, in short, lacks the linguistic versatility of the F-word. If you want to check out the power of the F-word, google ‘Osho + F***’. He spells it out beautifully. The word can describe pain, pleasure, hatred and love, Osho points out. Effing-beautifully, I might add. But if you are too effing-lazy to do that just think of all the ways in which the adjective form can be used: It’s effing fantastic, he (Vasu) is effing crazy, they are so effing innocent. You get the effing point, right?
The P-word just doesn’t do it. The F-word empowers. The P-word is ungainly, it is crude and indicative of a primitive mind set. The F-word is the last word on culture. We are Effing-Kolombians. That should say it all. Comrade Vasu, please take note.