In a controversial Pentagon decision, Captain Owen Honors lost command of the nuclear aircraft carrier Enterprise because he produced “raunchy videos” three years ago. One of Captain Honor’s most publicized misdeeds involved use of foul language, including unacceptable “gay slurs,” recalling the Captain of THE HMS PINAFORE in Gilbert and Sullivan’s 1878 satirical classic. Mocking a short-lived Royal Navy drive for better manners in the fleet, he declares—
Bad language and abuse
I never, never use
Whatever the emergency
Though “bother it!” I may
I never use a big, big “D!”
When his crew questions him with, “What never?” he answers, “Well, Hardly Ever.”
Captain Honors can take small comfort that, for generations, Navy attempts to impose decorous behavior on rough and ready sailors have inspired more mirth than support.