Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Holy Fsck! NYT Publishes Photo Today With Famous Geek Four-Letter Obscenity, Clearly Visible.
Who the fsck is responsible for the dirty joke someone slipped in the NYT today?
In the photo that ran with Jim Dwyer's column today about NYU geeks competing with Facebook, a series of words appear along the left-hand side, written on a blackboard.
One of them, clearly visible to readers and repeated twice, is the word FSCK, a computer code word that technically means "file system check," but has become well-known to geeks as a convenient substitute for the word more commonly spelled as FUCK.
There's no question that someone intended for the word to be read as an obscenity, given the list of words that preceded it:
Hmmm...any hidden meanings there?
Also, Wikipedia entries for both FSCK and FUCK note the use of the word as a profanity, and is given as the second definition for the word at dictionary.com.
The photo, by David Goldman, appears in the print edition with the words clearly visible; online, the photo has been cropped at some point today to remove the offending words. But thanks to the website geekosystem.com, which first noticed the joke, we still have access to the original photo, above.
The NYT notoriously hates to let that word slip into print -- the last time we could find it in the paper was as part of the Starr Report, in September of 1998 -- so we're happy to see it again. About fscking time!
Posted by THE NYTPICKER at 2:47 PM