Is this vulgar?

Recall that Roxbury Mayor Kathryn DeFillippo complained of getting vulgar and unprofessional emails from school board members in the wake of the school budget defeat and the council’s cutting of the budget.

We have seen the e-mails and the only one that can be construed as vulgar includes the following line …

“This is not a pissing match — It is the future of the kids.”

So, what do you think,  does the not too elegant term, “pissing match,” equate to vulgarity?


About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

7 Responses to Is this vulgar?

  1. Chris says:

    Not to me but we all have our own level of tolerance. So for the mayor I think it would depend on how much of a prude she is. I would also assume that she has never said schucks in place of the other “s” work.

  2. Pravelon says:

    I guess it is, if Mayor DeFillippo thinks that it is. After all, vulgarity, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. But, it’s not the future of the kids that’s at center of the pissing match — It is the runaway property tax burden facing the citizens of Roxbury and every other community in Morris County that is the issue. No one wants to see Brian or Britney denied an education, but what’s with the absurd administrative costs and guaranteed pay raises that exceed private sector counterparts? Are we just socializing private schools through our school budgets?

  3. Morris County Native says:

    Maybe you can’t define it as vulgar, but it certainly is tacky and unprofessional. The mayor deserves to be treated by the school board members in a more mature, professional manner. They’re acting like whiny, pouting babies who aren’t getting their own ways.

  4. BOE says:

    more crude than vulgar. hard to believe she hasn’t heard worse in private conversations with her own colleagues. more smoke than fire.

  5. Ed Ramirez says:

    Yep when I here that term I get real pissed off.

  6. Mr Jim says:

    We are getting away from the point which is good behavior and appropriate language. These are things good parents teach their children and don’t practice themselves.
    Yes school budgets bring out emotions. But don’t blame the town council for doing their job the school board should have.

  7. danah says:


    I say yes.

    Especially when taken in the context the email came from a man sending it to a woman.

    Not only was it vulgar – it was sexist!

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