When I first started watching Red Dwarf (apparently my mother rather excellently sat me down and watched the first broadcast of series 1 with me when I was but a wee nipper – Mum knows best) I was transfixed with the use of the word ‘smeg’ as an expletive. I thought it was inventive and hilarious so I used it in my daily life whenever possible. I was a child and the sheer childishness of this new swear word appealed to me greatly.Many years on and things have changed somewhat. For me, when I hear the word ‘smeg’ I don’t think of a new and funny word that was concocted by Grant and Naylor to add originally to their show, but I think of the severe overuse it’s had right through the fan world. Fan-sites and forum posts alike have ‘SMEG’ smeared all over them and the stink has gotten to me.
So, presuming we get new Dwarf material soon, will the word ‘smeg’ stay sullied in my mind, or I will be able to let go of my hatred and actually enjoy it being used in the context it was originally intended? I’m not sure, to be honest. It’s certainly getting hard for me to deal with ‘smeg’ whilst watching the old episodes simply because of the way it’s become a stigmata for the show and I hate it for that. A certain semi famous radio DJ claimed that “The crux of Red Dwarf is whether you find the word ‘smeg’ funny or not” – of course this is total bunk, but the legion of people using the word ‘smeg’ ad nauseam really don’t do much to disprove this argument.
So, has ‘smeg’ been overused and ruined for you? Are you chocking on the large lumps of ‘smeg’ forced down your throats daily? Has it ruined certain scenes from the old shows and do you think it will affect your enjoyment of any new Red Dwarf?
Smeggy smeg smeg.