Sydney Shop Owner Defends 'Open Ya Sick C**ts' Sign Saying It's Part Of Aussie Slang
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There are plenty of things that exist in Aussie culture that other countries don't have.
Calling a particular type of footwear 'thongs' will get you strange looks in American and the UK, having fairy bread at every kids party until you turn 10 and calling everyone 'old mate' are some prime examples.
Another is Australian's collective ability to use the C-bomb as something positive. While most countries would recoil at the word, Aussies can use it affectionately and endearingly. It's so apart of Australia that one Sydney shop owner decided to use the word in a sign trying to welcome people in.
The Fishing R' Us shop on Parramatta Road in Auburn has a sign on its door saying: "Open Ya Sick C**ts."
There was a bit of outrage over the sign, with some people taking offence at the unnecessary swear word. But the owner of the shop has hit back saying that it's as Australian as Vegemite.
Yahya Tuameh has told the Daily Mail: "The term is used as something you would call your mates and should not be seen as offensive.
"We removed the sign yesterday but it will 100 percent be put back up. We are a family run business that has worked hard for years and the sign was not meant to offend."
He reckons a competitor issued a complaint to get under his skin, especially considering the sign had been up for years.
If you need another explanation to confirm that the C-bomb is apart of Aussie culture then cast your memory back to 2017 when the matter was brought to the court room.
Funds were raised to help Danny Lim pay the fine but he decided to take the matter to court. He lost his first appeal but on a second attempt he was successful, with Judge Andrew Scotting finding the word wasn't offensive.
"The prevalence of the impugned word in Australian language is evidence that it is considered less offensive in Australia than other English speaking countries, such as the United States," the judgement stated.
"Politicians and their views are often subject to criticism in public. This is an essential and accepted part of any democracy."
There you go, it's officially a legally inoffensive word to say.