Its my blog and I’ll swear if I like …

Like Kevin, I often find GREAT articles written by author/bloggers, but will not share them because of their (sometimes, insistent) use of swear words.
In my opinion, swear words are unnecessary when the post is intended to be helpful, informative or advisory, and merely demonstrates the lack of professionalism and sensitivity of the writer.
It is understandable to use swear words in a story, in order to demonstrate strong emotions, although, because my visitors include kids, I can’t reblog them either.

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I recently read a post in which the author liberally employed the use of expletives/swear words. The article was on the subject of marketing and made a number of valid points. However the utilisation of foul language detracted from the points being made (to my mind at least) and had it not been for the employment of swear words I would have shared on Twitter.

I don’t consider myself to be a prude. There is a place in factual articles for the employment of expletives. For example a report of court proceedings will (quite properly) report that the defendant swore at a police officer and repeat the words used. I am frustrated when certain newspapers refuse to print expletives in full. Adult readers know what foul language is and are perfectly able to cope with reading it when it is necessary…

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18 thoughts on “Its my blog and I’ll swear if I like …

  1. I’ve admittedly used swear words on a few blog posts, but it depends on the subject and what is going on at the time, what my state of mind is. In case of intense anger or something, swear words may be necessary to get the point across. As much as I censor myself around kiddos at work, if something is like the worst thing ever, I put what was going through my head at a time, at least 1 or 2 of the words or their variations in writing. A few “PG” swear words have come in and out, but I don’t believe in swearing like action movie villains, an f-word every 5th word and all. Doesn’t make sense, and that makes it harder to read and get your point across, doesn’t it?

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      • thankfully, I’ve never called anybody names or sworn at someone online. It’s more something like my pet peeve about someone not being able to drop their “precious f-ing cellphones” and join the real world or whatever is going on. I’d never swear at a commenter–that would be horrible!

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  2. I do not use swear words in my blog. However, I don’t mind the occasional f-word or other in other bloggers post….but if it is offensive to me I simply don’t follow their blog. Do I use swear words? Sure…in conversations with certain people, but not gratuitously online, in my blog, because I can.

    There are some who object to things I have written…political items especially. I don’t care.

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  3. I bloody well totally agree Kevin and Chris.
    And that’s me banned for life!
    All joking apart I think there is a valid point in that we should avoid swearing when writing blog articles. However literature is something entirely different. It is dependent on the context, character and the intended audience for a novel. In my young adult book the kids say bloody about twice, in moments of stress, whereas in Finn Mac Cool, characters endlessly eff and jeff… mainly rough and ready blokes. Some never swear, others only in extreme duress. I did struggle with all this language when writing. As it is Irish thought of opting for feckin a la Father Ted but in the end thought it was a cop out.
    Perhaps we should do what Gore Vidal did in his comic novel Myron.
    When the supreme court ruled that each state could judge what words were obscene (so f would be ok in liberal New York while Damn was not in the Bible belt – short for God damned- taking the Lord’s name in vain) Vidal substituted all the fruity words with the names of the supreme court justices. He claimed what could be more pure than those high minded people and in doing so just made Renquist heads & Father Hills out of the lot of them…. Named after Judges Renquist and Father Hills of the Supreme court. And in doing so gave the rest of us a damn (oops sorry!) good belly laugh.

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  4. That’s responsible of you, Ape. I’ve seen terrific posts that I’d like to share, but because of the content, and being mindful that my blog is supposed to be “G” rated, I had to resist.
    Profanity has value in language; it has its uses… but use too much profanity and it loses its usefulness.
    Hugs.

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