I’ve always been quite surprised to hear English swear words in songs played on the radio in the daytime in France. At the moment its common to switch on the radio to hear Lily Allen’s singing F**k You and to hear people singing the exact same words. Do they really not know?
But, my biggest moment of shock horror was when I was sitting in the rush hour traffic one morning this week, listening to Virgin Radio’s breakfast show. They were playing a Christmas tune as background music; They kept playing it over and over again. I turned up the radio to listen and was absolutely horrified by the words to the song: “I’m going to f**k him up the a**e this Christmas.”
I’m really sorry, I know these words are totally vulgar but these are the words to a song playing on a National French radio at 8:30 in the morning!
The French may not think that they are particularly good at languages, but for goodness sake, surely people can understand the words? Especially when they are played over and over again. Not to mention why anyone would like to use those type of words for a Christmas jingle anyway?