Mark Nichol: What the Hell Do You Do About Profanity?

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What place, if any, does profanity have in writing? There are as many different answers as there are types of writing.

 

Fiction

 

Novels that purport to reflect real life must include profanity if the life they reflect includes use of profanity. This is difficult to accept for many people of a certain age, dismayed by the ubiquity of swearwords in modern literature, who have the disadvantage of having grown up during an era when books and movies were censored. (But let’s get real: In the Old West, cantankerous cowboys did not refer to each other as “You no-good so-and-so,” and in combat, to paraphrase a well-known expression, there are no decorous speakers in foxholes.) Popular entertainment often admittedly goes overboard in drenching dialogue in profanity, but that is merely an exaggeration, not a fabrication, of reality.

 

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Anais Nin: Living ideas

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English: Photograph of Anaïs Nin as a teenager, circa 1920. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living

.Anais Nin

Thornton Wilder: Write to express

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If you write to impress it will always be bad, but if you write to express it will be good. –Thornton Wilder, writer (1897-1975).

Benjamin Disraeli: Write a book

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The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it.
Benjamin Disraeli.

Isaac Asimov: Writing

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Dr. Isaac Asimov, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing slightly right, 1965 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.

Isaac Asimov

Blogging

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The first step in blogging is not writing them but reading them

—.Jeff Jarvis