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March 14, 2011


Sometimes the words get in the way. For some people. Sometimes.
It's sorta like the cry wolf story, I suppose.
If every sentence includes expletives then no thought is more important than another. No, that's not right. Let me say it another way. An abundance of sharp language wears away the point.
I agree with you that what is being done is obscene.
I don't have a problem with colorful language.
I don't use it very often myself because I get lazy if I use it too much, and the words matter.

Fuck yeah, Jude. Had to say it.

I made that comment and I guess I didn't make myself clear -- or should I say I fucking guess I didn't make my fucking self fucking clear. I love this blog. I love your writing. It's rhythm makes it powerful, passionate and intelligent. What I meant was that when you overuse words like fuck and dick - powerful, perfect, descriptive words to be sure when allocated in just the right places - it diminishes the rhythm and force of the words you obviously carefully choose to make a point. They become filler and finally just visual trauma. They lose all meaning and only serve to make you look like you either couldn't find the right word or tired of your subject and just threw them in for volume. I meant no negative criticism or disrespect. Just an observation. I'm not a particularly smart person and certain not as clever as the authors of this blog. I guess I just expect more of people who are smarter than I am. Sorry for any offense.

So then this wasn't a concern troll but a regular commenter who said something you didn't appreciate so you put up a post about it?
Good to know I guess.

Fuck `em if they can't see daylight.

The thing that I can't understand is that "REGULAR PEOPLE" (who sometimes use the World Wide Web for business purposes, natch) don't understand that the internet is a hive of scum and villany and expect us (the regular purveyors of its heinous shit) to be the most polite motherfuckers ever.

Nancy, I got what you meant. I guess I didn't connect my own dots well enough. I see the point about certain words losing their impact, and I appreciate the feedback.

But I started thinking about the whole concept of vulgar language, which is beyond the scope of your comment, and that led to the above post. That wasn't your criticism, I know. I didn't make that clear enough, and I apologize.

Well, I fucking love you guys, each and every one and I fucking love what you do. So please, keep doing it.

Jude's a Sailor. That pretty much explains it to me! :)


Personally I Very Rarely swear, but those that know me know that when I do, I mean it! Gives it more impact.

After watching "The Commitments" many years ago and realizing that "fuck" aka "fook" (in Irish pronunciation) is JUST ANOTHER WORD there, it lost it's fretful quality to me. It's just another descriptor. I have no fear of fuck.
Much like Jude said, I AM offended by true attacks on decency such as he described above.
And I am holding by my assertion that if you don't want to see vulgar language in daily, nay, hourly usage...THIS BLOG IS NOT FOR YOU. If you can't see the message for the four-letter (+/-) word...THIS BLOG IS NOT FOR YOU.
It's humans writing as they please about subjects they care about or feel strongly against.
Thanks Jude, Athenae, Adrastos, Scout and all fab posters here - I fuckin' love you!

Wait...so smart people can't use vulgar language?!??!? WTF is that about?
It's HOW the vulgar language is used...hello!?

Elspeth, it wasn't about vulgar language. I am a lover of vulgar language. My observation was that I love Jude's writing. And over-using the words fuck and dick break the rhythm of his wonderful writing. It sounds tired after a while, like he doesn't care enough to find the right word. It was about writing, not vulgarity or obscenity, Elspeth. Jude, thank you for your comment.

I understand the overall issues surrounding clear expression and how vulgarity might get in the way...but I just gotta say that seeing the word "fuckstick" has me giggling a little every time. And not in a way that detracts from any overall message that any First Drafter is conveying. If I ever get reduced to guffawing a la Beavis and Butthead over the use of profanity here, I'll let you know.

Rock on as fucksocketly as always, y'all.

Shit, Jude, you nailed it. (Sorry, did I use the word right? It isn't in my day to day vocabulary.)

Writing is art, and art, as they say, is in the eye of the beholder. So sometimes vulgarities are a natural part of the writing. Such as the line, "Go take a flying fuck at a rolling doughnut," from Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five. You really could not improve upon that line in any way.

At the same time writing is an educated pursuit, a profession for many. So vulgarities are to be avoided, such as when newspapers print an exact quote but with placeholders: "Kick his a**!"

In the end, we are all grown-ups and if we are reading something we don't like, all we have to do is close the book or surf to the next web page. I certainly enjoy this blog and I ain't going nowhere.



can we call them nazis NOW?
not hitler, but the lower ones.

Pansypoo: No, we can't.

Next question.

Right the fuck on, motherfucker.

I can't explain it better than this.


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