Telling Dad is F-Bomb Free
If I’m caught up in the heat of the moment, talking loosely amongst friends, or I drop a wood splitter on my pinky toe, then I’m not afraid to let the expletives fly. But I never really understood the need to strafe one’s blog with F-bombs in the quest to be funny.
For some inexplicable reason, audible cursing is less offensive to me than when read in the written word. Perhaps it’s because cursing while speaking offers the luxury of inflection, accentuated syllables, and animated gestures. Benefits you just can’t get from staring at a computer monitor.
I’m of the belief that you don’t need to litter posts with F-bombs and juvenile scat jokes to make a point or to make people laugh. There are many writers out there who use curse words with great precision and they actually do a solid job of boosting the quality of their post (see The Bloggess). But for the most part, and I say this knowing I’m just begging for F-laced comments, I see bloggers using vulgarity with reckless abandon and with no real respect for their message.
If I want to offend you, I won’t need curse words to do it, and I feel that using profanity just to close out a thought is akin to a short-cut. My grandfather used to say that people swear when they can’t think of anything intelligent to say. I tend to agree. Granted, this is the same man who told me that Scotch is God’s nectar, but I do echo his thoughts on cursing.
If I feel that a sentence or thought could REALLY use an F-bomb to drive home the message then you’ll see me drop such words as “freaking”, F&@%, or my favorite replacement, “Fuzzle”. You simply cannot be offended by the word Fuzzle or any of its offspring. Seriously. Would you care if someone called you a Mother Fuzzer?
Understand that I have no agenda outside this blog and I’m not out to change the blogosphere. I simply wanted to state my peace. That profanity CAN be funny, but sometimes it just needs to be left to the experts. I’m not one of them, so you can expect a PG approach to the nonsense I write and an F-Bomb Free experience. I’ll work hard to use cerebral humor and not profane short-cuts to get my point across.
Oh, and profanity in comments are automatically edited so don’t be offended if I embed a few asterisks in your cuss words.
Personally, I think this approach will be well received. And if it isn’t? I don’t give a fuzzle.