Thunderstruck by THAT word on Four Corners?

Oct 21, 2015

Susan Butler chats with ABC radio (LANGUAGE WARNING)


Yesterday, ABC Radio's Michael Brissenden chatted with Susan Butler about the word 'cunt-struck' which went to air, without being bleeped out, on Four Corners earlier this week.

C*** - a new low for Australian TV?

Brendan Trembath reported this story on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 08:13:00

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: In a surprising moment during last night's Four Corners program the embattled Fair Work Commission official Michael Lawler used a crude word to describe how people might view his romantic relationship with the accused fraudster Kathy Jackson.

This morning some are asking if that may have reset the bar for Australian television and language. 

Brendan Trembath investigates.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: Cover your ears children. There are adults words in this story not used in polite conversation.

In the latest Four Corners program Fair Work Commission vice president Michael Lawler got down in the gutter to describe how people might view his romantic relationship with Kathy Jackson, a former union official accused of fraud.

MICHAEL LAWLER: I'll be characterised as that scumbag, crook, fraudster and at the very best, somebody who's been bewitched by an evil harridan, mainly Kathy, that I'm c*** struck.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: Yes he did say that.

The Sydney Morning Herald has described it as the "vulgar pinnacle of a bizarre Four Corners".

The Macquarie Dictionary editor Susan Butler knows all about this term.

SUSAN BUTLER: He was trying to get to the lowest of the low and ended up doing that by saying he would be described as "c*** struck". Which is a word that means infatuated, infatuated to an almost, you know, to an obsessional degree.

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Read or listen to the full interview: c*** - a new low for Australian TV? | ABC radio, 20 Oct 2015 

Watch the Four Corners episode: Jackson and Lawler: Inside the eye of the storm | Four Corners, Monday 19 October 2015


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Gordon - Jan. 19, 2016, 4:42 p.m.

Of course had the statement been first made in writing, the fellow could have spelled the term Chaucer-like: queynte. Only the cognoscenti might have noticed and the easily overexcitable, often uninformed, language-morality brigade. Quenynte-struck. Hmmm.

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