We are not here to debate the merits of the word “SUCK,” but it is interesting (and a bit humorous) to see how the local news outlets are treating the word after a fan was kicked out of the Trop for wearing a “Yankees Suck” t-shirt.

The Lakeland Ledger won’t even use the word when describing the t-shirt the fan was wearing. Instead, they describe phrase…

The first word is YANKEES. The second is a four-letter term commonly used by baseball fans to express their derision for the New York ballclub….It basically means “stink,” but the word cannot be printed in a family newspaper.

At the other end of the spectrum, we have the TBT*

Well, isn’t that special.

*OK, if you look hard enough, you can find the word “SUCK” amongst the 7 Dirty Words, but by itself, it is not.



  1. Jordi says:

    The inference is "suck" what? What do they suck? Baby bottles? Lollipops? Parts of the human anatomy? Telling someone they suck lollipops is not a bad thing. I like lollipops. Baby bottles were good for a while as well.

    Maybe that what the shirts need. The word "lollipops" in small print on the bottom.

    Problem solved. Glad I can help.

  2. Political_Man says:

    Is TBT not a sponsor of the Rays? Maybe the Rays should consider giving TBT back their money since someone might be offended by something their sponsor printed in their newspaper?

  3. Amanda says:

    I don't know where I stand on this one. The implacation of what one is supposed to suck is well known. But the Rays' error was to call attention to it by kicking this guy out didn't help either. As Atticus Finch said, it's common. Do you really have to go there? But then again, I don't think the guy needed to be thrown out.

    And I'm surprised at The Times. The last time a Rays player made front page news (wasn't it Dukes?), The Times fell over backward (and set journalism ethics back 50 years) to remove the "offending" newspapers from the Trop. So now they're taking the opposite tact? Whatever.

    • Adam W says:

      "The implacation of what one is supposed to suck is well known."

      I disagree. Whenever I say that "XXXXX sucks." there is no implied noun at the end. Perhaps I'm of a different generation (grew up in the 80s/90s) but to me when something sucks it means it's horrible; it stinks; I'm not a fan of it. Sucks in modern colloquial use needs no object to "suck", it is a condition.

  4. Rg says:

    When you say it the way I do, it is.


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