June 17, 2010

38. BFD.: Lance Armstrong isn't pleased with an Outside magazine cover that altered his T-shirt to bear a profane slogan. And of course, he's tweeted about it.

posted by BoKnows to other at 12:13 AM - 12 comments

While I read the attached article, I haven't read the article in Outside magazine. Do they explicitly state that BFD stands for Big F#$&ing Deal? Could it not also stand for...

Baltimore Fire Department
Bicyclists for Detroit
Boba Fett Died
Brenda Fancies Dylan
Boromir's Father is Denethor

or does every acronym have to be "profane"?

posted by MeatSaber at 02:55 AM on June 17, 2010

Don't forget about Bowling for Dollars. And not to nitpick, but it's an abbreviation, not an acronym. I'll let the late George Carlin explain:

"An acronym is not just any set of initials. It applies only to those that are pronounced as words. MADD, DARE, NATO, and UNICEF are acronyms. FBI, CIA, and KGB are not. They're just pricks."

posted by mikemacman at 08:24 AM on June 17, 2010

And with a period at the end, it's clearly a single word, abbreviated "Bfd." Similar to "Mfg." for Manufacturing.

"Befriended?" "Befouled?" "Barfed?"

posted by Hugh Janus at 08:41 AM on June 17, 2010

Boromir's Father is Denethor

Who knew that Armstrong is a LOTR fan?

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 10:08 AM on June 17, 2010

Who knew that Armstrong is a LOTR fan?

Or I'm a big, big dork. I had actually just taken a LOTR character quiz on this site mere moments before posting that...

And not to nitpick, but it's an abbreviation, not an acronym...

I'd never argue with the great Carlin, so I apologize. Whaddaya want, it was 3 AM...

posted by MeatSaber at 10:36 AM on June 17, 2010


posted by beaverboard at 11:43 AM on June 17, 2010

Biscuits For Dunderheads

(actually, it's Biscuits for Idyits and Wonder bread for Dunder heads, but close enough)

posted by lil_brown_bat at 12:10 PM on June 17, 2010

It doesn't matter what BFD stands for. In fact, it doesn't matter if they wrote "I hate testicular cancer;" it's not cool. A message on his shirt broadcast to a public audience implies at least some tacit endorsement on his part, and if he was wearing a blank shirt and the magazine decided what his message would be without his knowledge, he is right to call them out on it.

posted by bender at 12:22 PM on June 17, 2010

Curse words are destroying our children's future.

posted by JButton at 01:42 PM on June 17, 2010

Bender-great point, but you're sucking the fun out of the game. It shows a lack of journalistic integrity on the part of Outside, and the weak-ass disclaimer is worthless. But anyway-

Boy Floyd's a Douchebag

posted by tahoemoj at 03:12 PM on June 17, 2010

Bicyclists for Drugs...?

posted by roberts at 05:39 PM on June 17, 2010

I assume it's the tagline for the remake of one of my favourite 80s movies: Bernie's Fuckin' Dead

posted by wfrazerjr at 09:35 PM on June 17, 2010

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