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profanity | profanity

chris-rodell's picture
Mar.25.2013
(809 words) If we catch the town’s one traffic light, we can make it to church in just over 4 minutes without having to violate any of the posted traffic laws. My wife plays the church organ there and there are times when she’s made it, I’m sure, in 90 seconds. Even though there are hairpin turns...
lynda-simmons's picture
Mar.16.2011
I recently had an interview booked on a radio show with a host who was looking forward to chatting about Island Girl.  The book had been sent to her months before, the bio had been forwarded and the questionnaire answered. We had communicated by e-mail a few times, and it was all systems go for the...
chris-rodell's picture
Mar.27.2010
At least once a week I regret my vow to make this a family-friendly blog. See, I’m pro-profanity. I love to swear and my life is enriched with ample provocations to do so. Happened just this morning. For reasons of economy, taste and snobbery, I’ve pretty much kicked the fast food habit. But...
stacy-ann-nyikos's picture
Nov.04.2009
Butt Wars By Andy Griffiths Age Range: ? ? ? My seven year-old brought this book home. It was the party favor at a birthday party. She was disappointed. Butt Wars? It sounded so boy boy boy. I was puzzled.  Butt in the title...of a middle grade?  I had to read it. Right after I convinced her...
stacy-ann-nyikos's picture
Nov.04.2009
Butt Wars By Andy Griffiths Age Range: ? ? ? My seven year-old brought this book home. It was the party favor at a birthday party. She was disappointed. Butt Wars? It sounded so boy boy boy. I was puzzled.  Butt in the title...of a middle grade?  I had to read it. Right after I convinced her...
june-casagrande's picture
Sep.17.2009
  Longtime New York TV newsman Ernie Anastos recently told a colleague, on air, something that sounds a whole lot like "keep fucking that chicken." The context makes it more baffling. It seems he may have been trying to express something akin to "Keep up the good work." I've...
june-casagrande's picture
Apr.28.2009
As Jayne has already pointed out, the Supreme Court has voted to uphold penalties for "fleeting expletives" uttered during primetime broadcasts. Their moral leader on this one was Justice Antonin Scalia, who derided "foul-mouthed glitteratae from Hollywood." This coming from the...
june-casagrande's picture
Mar.02.2009
Taking its cue from a 10th-grader, Los Angeles County has designated the first week in March as No Cussing Week. I've always been fascinated with profanity because it has a built-in paradox. By labeling words no-nos, we give them a unique power that they otherwise would not have. True, obscenities...
paul-west's picture
Feb.09.2009
This subject has been a pet peeve of mine for a long time. The subject recently came up in the Utah Children's Writer's message board, and there are a lot of people who say profanity is needed to make a scene believable or credible. I for one, do not believe using profanity in ANY book is necessary...
james-buchanan's picture
Dec.05.2008
When I was a newspaper reporter in Derry, NH, I used to have the devil of a time writing the introductory paragraph to my news stories (these are commonly called ledes). These ledes have to sum up the story in two sentences as well as do it in a way that impels and compels the reader to read the...