Cuss, curse, obscenity, dirty-word, swearing, the s-word, the f-word, the b-word. Whatever you want to call it! No one on the Internet is safe from obscenities. It's just up to the owner of the site if they so choose to indulge in using them. Obviously if you've gone as far as creating your own site and talking to strangers, you must be of some proper age (I'd say 14-whatever age). But what about the readers that are younger and haven't been exposed to modern language? What about those who don't like the sound some obscenities make or their connotation? They can be used in a crude way but also to add humor. But really... how funny are curse words?
Why do we curse?
- To let off steam
- To get attention
- To appear tougher than we really are
- To be "funny"
- To fit in
- Hey, it's just what we're used to (??)
Ironically this post won't be riddled with curses. Usually when I'm writing a post I have to think long and hard about what I'm going to say before I post it. I know using obscenities can really offend someone but at the same time, it might make someone laugh. You see why I'm struggling to understand this dilemma? Where does the line have to be drawn between too much and too little? How will we, as bloggers, know when we are offending someone or making someone laugh?
Although some may disagree, I find obscenities extremely hilarious. Maybe that's why so much media today is full of them. When they're said in public, no one seems to ever make a big deal out of it. I curse more in real life than I do online but I'm not offended when people use it in their posts. I typically have to restrain myself from using a lot in my reviews, unless a book is actually worth the F-word, of course.
With the help of some well-known and inspiring book bloggers, I'm going to set everyone straight. Cursing is so commonplace in society today that most people aren't offended by it. But does that mean it's okay for people to openly curse on the blogosphere where they know people of all ages will be reading? Well... let's find out together...