Couldn’t see a thread attached to this Drudge item, so I’m starting one.
Fry made similar comments in an article published in his Paperweight collection, in which he also expressed the view that he’d said “fuck” more than another other man of his age and weight in the country at one sitting, during a televised panel discussion on the topic.
I quite love Fry. Honestly, I’d turn for him like milk in the sun. He and Laurie, as well as being in A Bit Of Fry And Laurie, were together in the Blackadder series. He’s also a pretty decent novelist, though I’ve only read The Liar and The Hippopotamus, the latter being one of my favourite novels.
I think he’s pretty close to the mark on this: people are mostly offended by swearing on behalf of others. You’re not supposed to swear in a formal context because you’re not supposed to swear in a formal context. But perhaps this because everyone I know is so lost to sin that they are not offended by four-letter words.