If you were a big fan of The West Wing, you probably know that the character of Josh Lyman was fashioned in part after Rahm Emanuel, former Democratic Party poobah and current Illinois congressman. As neurotic and crazy as Lyman was, the scuttlebutt is that Emanuel outdoes him by a country mile and is potentially the world champion of artful profanity. With that in mind, you should check out The Washington Post's Reliable Source column, which recently ran a great item inviting readers to guess which curse-filled diatribe came from which curse-filled master: Mamet, Scorsese, Tony Soprano or Emanuel. Here are a few examples:
"Look, I'm having panic attacks, all right? The other night I thought I was having a [bleeping] heart attack. I puked in a trash barrel on the way over here. I haven't slept for [bleeping] weeks."
"We gave you the keys to the car, you [bleeping] crashed it. All right, we'll take the keys away for a while until you learn your lesson. You get a five-minute timeout."
"In my house, when you say, '[bleep] you,' it's a sign of endearment."
If you love bleeped out profanity -- and who doesn't? -- these really are works of art.