A Message of Concern


I had just wanted to let someone connected to what I had believed to had been the “TWiT” of this community (“This Week in Tech” (network)) know I would suggest its operation (such as programming involving videos and audio) be without profanity or any form of vulgarity (such as other forms of vulgar language).

Thank you for receiving this message and may the rest of your life be great.

(note: a request for a response to this message)


I don’t speak for the network, my opinions are my own. I know that a sincere effort is made to keep the podcast content family friendly all the time, but the live content can sometimes temporarily escape moderation. There are occasional adult topics and themes that do occasionally occur, but as an adult viewer of the content I have no problem being treated like an adult who has the intelligence and personal agency to realize these are exceptions and not the rule. I do not want baby safe pablum that is targeted at no one for fear of offending anyone.


It might help if you could point to a specific episode to help narrow down your request.
“Profanity” and “vulgarity” seem obvious enough terms, but they can be interpreted differently by people.
But for the most part all the shows on the network and neither, so you need to be more specific in your request.


Yes, I have been listening to TWiT for well over a decade and don’t really notice any profanity, although I know that Americans have different words that are considered vulgar as, for example, the UK or Australia, let alone countries that don’t have English as their first language.

There is a typical English term that is not considered profane or vulgar, but when I used it on an American forum in the early 90s, I was castigated for using the word and asked why I didn’t keep to the George Carlin rules? Living in England, I’d never heard of Carlin, let alone his rules.

For those that want to know what the word was, I have included it in the blurred out text below:

The saying is “it is pissing down outside” (raining hard). The sentence that got me caught out on the motorbike forum was “the self-oiler came loose and was pissing oil over the rear tyre.”

Of all the problems in all the world … this??


“This Week in Google” episode 639.
“MacBreak Weekly” episode 793.
“Windows Weekly” 752.

(^“Vulgar Definition & Meaning - Merriam-Webster”)

(^“Profanity Definition & Meaning - Merriam-Webster”)

I listened to all three of those shows, and I didn’t feel that there was any vulgarity or profanity… :confused:

As a Brit living in Germany, I didn’t find any of the language out of the ordinary.

I know @uteck asked which shows, but have you any specific examples from those shows?

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This is a wish - nay: concern - from one listener which could not yet be substantiated nor was it found shared immediately by other listeners. I think it’s perfectly fair to voice concerns. But it’s just as fair to say: the concern may be unwarranted.

If a medium is offensive and you seriously cannot take it, don’t listen. Some positions held on TWiT are sort of “offensive” to me, too. Some things drive me perfectly up the wall. And then I see it as the salt in the soup of life and come to the forum and rant (a bit and in a good spirit, friendly) about it.

So there’s a world in which you can take an offense and work through it. There is no world in which there will be no offenses to everyone’s ears.

Seriously, TWiT cannot be another bloodless tech news or PR-respin-channel. It needs spice. Would be too bland, otherwise.


Leo has long guided all of his broadcast network in this direction, clean. There is an obnoxious, genius, New York University media professor who besmirches almost every program he’s in, despite his enormous knowledge of the field. And stuff slips through. Complaint on a specific incident will have far more reach than a general admonishment. Thank you for your concern.

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Update: Other “TWiT” (“This Week in Tech” (network)) episodes involving language found to had been profane or vulgar:

“The Tech Guy” episode 1847.
“FLOSS Weekly” episode 657.

Note: hyperlinks connected to certain definitions of a certain word and a certain group of words often said among the language found to had been vulgar or profane in certain “TWiT” episodes:

Group of words

Note regarding why references to certain episodes mentioned in certain messages of mine posted before this one were not connected (or linked) to certain recordings of them:

Sorry, new users can only put 2 links in a post.

As far as the vulgarity of the words you linked to, I think you are in the minority of people that are offended by them. Most other podcasts would not use language that tame.


2 much better references where you learn something

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Can confirm. I’ve seen a user known as “Mario500” perform this song and dance on another message board and they have very delicate sensibilities. If it wasn’t something Dickens could publish 200 years ago, it isn’t fit for consumption by “Mario500”.

For example, he complained about a former television game show called “Oh Sit”, which was based on the children’s game musical chairs. No one said “shit”, but Mario still complained that someone would dare to even allude to the word “shit.”

I suggest ignoring “Mario500” and moving on.


I’m locking this thread until @Leo can participate.