Creative Responses – Sentence Enhancers

When I was a kid (and when I was 19 and last had access to Nickelodeon) I used to watch a lot of Spongebob Squarepants, and while I wouldn’t go as far to say that the cartoon is educational, some episodes do stick in your mind with their poignant subject matter. One that definitely stuck in my mind was this episode where Spongebob and Patrick learn about swear words from a graffitied dumpster and start to use them in everyday conversation as “Sentence Enhancers”. Because it’s a kids show there are obviously no swear words in the episode however they are cleverly censored with dolphin noises, a clip illustrating this is below:

I think the idea of them being termed “Sentence Enhancers” is what stays with me most, because as I put in my concept map I think that one of the main reasons people swear is just to add a couple of syllables to their sentence. This may be because they’re nervous, angry or just listen to too many rap records but it definitely happens.

A similar thing that my friend Dan showed me that uses reverse censorship to comedic effect, ie. censoring something that is not usually censored to suggest the use of swear words/crude language. This video uses clips from the Disney-Pixar film Finding Nemo and censors certain parts of dialogue to make the otherwise innocent kids film very naughty indeed. See below for yourself:

I find it very interesting that by just suggesting the use of bad language you can completeley change the original feeling of something. However all the creator of this parody video is responsible for is adding bleeping noises over dialogue, the idea of bad language is added only after by the viewer. Though this is a relatively crude example I really like this idea of being offensive by only suggesting.

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