“Give it to them double dirty”
May 11, 2010
We ran across a rich backgrounder on the famous speech General Patton delivered June 5, 1944. Later immortalized by opening speech in the move Patton, the original version was actually much more profane, most in attendance agree. Patton actually believed cursing was an aid to communication:
When I want my men to remember something important, to really make it stick, I give it to them double dirty. It may not sound nice to some bunch of little old ladies at an afternoon tea party, but it helps my soldiers to remember. You can’t run an army without profanity; and it has to be eloquent profanity. An army without profanity couldn’t fight its way out of a piss-soaked paper bag.