'What the Frak?' - Jamie Bamber News
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'What the Frak?'
The Canadian Press has posted an article, 'What the frak? 'Battlestar Galactica' faux curse seeping into language', and Jamie is quoted in it:

"I have to start by saying that I'm drinking coffee out of a mug that says 'frak off' on the side of it, so much has it seeped into my life," "Galactica" star Jamie Bamber said.

When new series producer Ron Moore first introduced frak in early scripts, Bamber said the actors were dubious. But as writers expanded its use, they caught on to the possibilities.

"I mean why are we not offended by 'frak' because it means exactly the same thing as the other thing?" said Bamber, who plays fighter pilot-turned-president Lee "Apollo" Adama. "So it raises questions about language and why certain words are offensive. Is it their meaning? . . . Clearly it's not their meaning. Clearly it's literally their sound."

It's an interesting read as to how and why this made up word has become so popular and seeped into our language.

ETA: wolfsdrager found that CNN also picked up the story and included a picture of Jamie. Cool. :)

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elzed From: elzed Date: September 2nd, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Yes, I catch myself saying it sometimes (thinking it more often) and feel faintly embarrassed each frakking time. But it is such a satisfying expeletive (and so lovely to pepper through a fic, heh).
asta77 From: asta77 Date: September 2nd, 2008 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
When I first saw the registration line at Dragon Con I said, "Holy frak!" ;-)
mzcalypso From: mzcalypso Date: September 2nd, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I love JB's interviews. With some actors, you get chatter about Hollywood. With him, it's linguistics.
asta77 From: asta77 Date: September 2nd, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
It's also nice how what could have been a puff piece turned out to have so much substance.
From: wolfsdrager Date: September 2nd, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
The same article can also be seen on cnn.com here:

This one even has a piccie of our blue eyed presidente ;)
asta77 From: asta77 Date: September 2nd, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Awesome! I just updated the post with your find. :)
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