What is it with people being afraid, or ashamed, of putting certain words into text form?  Is this really the behavior of mature adults?  Now, I’m not saying that it’s necessarily appropriate to fill an article with obscenities, but if you’re going to curse, then do it right.  Don’t go bowdlerizing yourself.  It makes you look silly and childish.

It’s bad enough that people type “sh!tty” in their blogs when what they really want to say is “shitty”, but newspapers do this stuff, too.  From the associated press:

Derogatory terms for homosexuality have long been used as insults. But the landscape has become confusing in recent years as minority groups have tried to reclaim terms like “queer,” “ghetto” and the n-word.

Seriously, “the n-word”?  Who decided that “queer” is okay, but “nigger” isn’t?  Is suppressing certain words really supposed to help society?  How, exactly?

Grow up.  If you want to use a “dirty” word, just use the word.  Don’t censor yourself.  It makes you look like an idiot.  If you aren’t comfortable using the word “fuck” in writing, then just don’t use it.  Don’t turn it into “f*ck” as if that somehow changes it.

If you want to quote someone who cursed, then leave the curse in there, spelled out.  If you’re uncomfortable leaving the word in, then don’t use the quote.  You’ve got no business changing someone else’s words.  Jimmy called Sue a “bitch”, not a “b–ch”.

Just don’t use the words if you aren’t willing to use them correctly.  No one’s going to think less of you for saying that some movie was “excellent” instead of “fucking great”, or “horrible” instead of “shitty”.  But if you say the movie was “f—ing great” or “sh*tty”, it’s not exactly giving off a great impression.

  1. Ben Says:

    This post s*cks! :)

    (Someone had to, right?)

  2. William Furr Says:

    The “n-word” is special. It’s the worst thing you could ever say or write. Unless you’re black. Then nobody cares.

    Weird.

  3. seleena Says:

    I really like the word “bull-honkey”. I don’t use it as a euphemism for “bull-shit” though If I need to say “bull-shit” I’ll say “bull-shit”. I just wanted to let you know if I use bull-honkey, it’s not because I’m too afraid of saying bull-shit.

    I’m happy to know that you’d rather hear my potty mouth than hear me censoring myself constantly. I agree with this post and think that self-censorship is bull-shit. —-That means it is worse than bull-honkey.