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London was branded as being full of 'contemptible persons' at a Kasabian concert. At least that’s what the Macqarie Dictionary of Australian English says.

Or in English that the rest of us understand: “London is full of cunts”.

The UK band reckons that a production error caused the message to be back projected on the concert stage on Wednesday night in Glasgow.

According to a report from NME, the message appeared during a performance of Kasabian’s song ‘Clouds’.

In a statement, guitarist Serge Pizzorno said the whole thing was “an error” and put the blame on the roadies.

“We were as shocked as anyone else. The production team fucked up. There were supposed to be photos of mundane objects in that section but instead I turned around in the middle of ‘Clouds’ and couldn’t believe my eyes. We were all shocked and certainly didn’t mean to offend anyone.”

We’re surprised he didn’t call them a bunch of contemptible persons.

For the record, we did a bit of digging.

Evidently, use of the word as abuse is quite recent. The OED says it’s "an unpleasant or stupid person", Webster’s notes that it’s used in the US as "an offensive way to refer to a woman". Back to Macqarie’s, the Aussie tome goes on: When used with a positive qualifier (good, funny, clever, etc.) in Britain, New Zealand and Australia, it can convey a positive sense of the object or person referred to.

Kasabian are scheduled to perform a five night gig in the capital from 1 December. If it was a football match, we can guess what the crowd would be singing.


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London is full of c*nts, apparently
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