Bloggers Swearing – Profanity

Bloggers using Profanity – defined by Webster’s Dictionary means “offensive language”, it can also be called bad, strong, or coarse language.
Plus – foul language, bad words, vulgar language, swearing, cursing, cussing, it is generally considered to be strongly impolite, rude or offensive.350px-Profanity.svg

How I came to be writing about this subject

When someone follows me I usually follow back.

This morning I had a gentleman follow me, I was interested in what he was writing about, but after reading his article, I never followed,

Why?
Because there were swear words, he kept using them throughout his story.
By the time I had read it to the end, I knew I didn’t want to follow him even though I enjoyed what he was writing about.

What are your thought’s about bloggers using bad words continually in their article?

Maybe I’m old fashion, but I think there’s no need to use profanity to tell their story.

Maybe we need a Swear Jar on WordPressSwear_jar_2
A Swear Jar is a device to help discourage people from swearing. Every time someone utters a swear word, others who witness it collect a “fine”, by insisting that the offender put some money into the box.

29 thoughts on “Bloggers Swearing – Profanity

  1. Swearing is not my style. I don’t do it and I drift away from those who do. There is very little that needs swear words to get the message across. It is at best a lazy way of getting attention. I prefer articulate friends.

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  2. It’s not my style and my eyes definitely glaze over when I see a blogger do it, but I think it’s also a cultural thing, and blogs will reflect their writers either way. If a person swears a lot in person and starts a blog, chances are their blog will be littered with profanity too, right? I think that means that, like in life, us blogging fans of cleaner language will have to group together.

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  3. I feel the same way. I think that profanity is not only unnecessarily offensive: It’s just plain lazy speech. It’s easy to pull one of George Carlin’s “seven words you can’t say on television” out of the hat to express an emotion: It’s more clever to choose a unique combination of words that people will remember.
    REAL WRITERS are artists who use words as their medium. Potty-mouth profanity perpetrators sound like overgrown children trying to convince the world that they should be heard.

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  4. Found your post through thebonusyears.Swearing is definitely not my style and I totally relate to this post! But maybe instead of a swear jar, I would prefer an auto-correct that does it for me automatically and that you can never change it back. Imagine the frustration the people who write profanities will feel!

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  5. One of my writing instructors told us that swearing is lazy writing. Why swear when there is surely another, more precise word to get the point across? I’ve always agreed and followed her advice–both in written and spoken word.

    The only exception is if the curse is the ONLY way to communicate the meaning, accurately and with intensity.

    In the case of this gentleman, it served the purpose of letting you know that his writing wasn’t your cup of tea. His writing fits him and his ‘voice’. He has a different audience than you, and you were quick to recognize it. His audience may not appreciate your style, as you didn’t appreciate his.

    My Grandmother used to say, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” There’s also more than one way to write. However, only one way that’s right for you. Or me, for that matter.

    Looking forward to reading more from you.

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  6. I only swear when I’m very angry, and never on a blog – you never know who is out there listening. Plus, when I DO swear, everyone clears the room – either that, or they call the ambulance because I must be in excruciating pain!

    I agree though, with the other bloggers here – some writer’s styles will call to us, and others will not. The wonderful thing, which I am learning very quickly, is that we can easily find bloggers who are of like mind. ^.^

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  7. This is something that I have wrestled with since I commenced my blog. The aim of my blog is to paint a picture of the Aussie characters that we’ve met in our travels and as you can imagine some of them have rather colourful language. I tried to add asterisks in place of it but somehow the stories never came out the same. So when my beloved daily newspaper started dropping the asterisks I thought well here goes. I have put a strong language warning on my Home page though.

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  8. I have mixed thoughts on this and am only offering them because you asked. I will preface this with a note that I did not read the original blog you are referring to, so my comments will be more general.

    There is swearing and there is swearing. I don’t find all profane language to be offensive. There are times it is funny (when used in a clever way – as judged be me), there are times when it conveys a depth of frustration or anger that might not otherwise be possible (particularly if it is used sparingly).

    Then, there is swearing for the sake of it. As with gratuitous violence in tv and movies, repeated and commonly used, foul language serves no purpose. In particular, I think of the other day when I overheard a “gentleman” speaking at a bus stop (too loudly for such a public place); he was letting the f bombs fly so liberally, I wondered if he had some sort of tick. Rather, I think he suffered from a lack of originality, a poor vocabulary, and a definite lack of social graces.

    There is such a thing as knowing your audience. I won’t claim to keep a completely clean blog, but I will try not to offend. A few of the questions I ask myself before posting are: “Do I want my mom to read this?” “Do I want total strangers to read this?” “Would I be proud to hear this read aloud in public?” If I can answer yes to these questions, they’ve passed my filter test.

    Thanks for raising this issue. Always good to see others’ opinions and to stop and re-think some of these things.

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  9. I agree I can mix it with the best of them and can resort to Anglo Saxon. Most of the time I think I’m being lazy if I swear. I think it’s fine to cuss if you hit your finger rather than the nail but otherwise I try to avoid swearing. I never use profanities in my blog.

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  10. I like your blogs title “Remember Me”, I enjoy reading your blog as I travel along the same path as you with my partner.
    I couldn’t imagine you using bad words, you seem to have such a gentle heart, coping as a care partner. Wishing you all the best.

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  11. I pretty much only swear on my blog (and then only sparingly) if it fits one of my fiction characters and what he/she’s saying. I stay away from the “highest level” swear words, though and it’s pretty rare that I have such a character.

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  12. All my opinions have been expressed in previous comments, but I’ll add them anyway. My reaction to too much cursing in that the person has a limited vocabulary. I don’t really get offended by it, but overuse of swear words is usually just not good writing. I, myself, will include (or even say) any swear word in a quote. That’s not me talking! I never, well, hardly ever swear. Well, my husband Andy says my swear words are “gracious” and “dang”.

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  13. Nice, to see you commenting on this article, I couldn’t imagine you using bad words, but I had to smile when I read the bit about what your husband Andy said “gracious” and “dang”, how sweet!
    Have a great day.

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  14. No I wouldn’t call you old fashioned, we have the right’s to express ourselves, but if we want readers there is no need to use swear words. Thank for your input. Have a nice day.

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  15. I think to each their own. Personally I think I’ve only written one curse word on my blog for emphasis. I follow a blogger that has a post entirely dedicated to a swear word. I also have grown to know and love his writing style before reading that post and couldn’t stop laughing when I read it. I think it depends. I try to use words for emphasis and dramatic effect without swearing but if I read a post with curse words I take the content and writing style into consideration- is it offensive? Narrow-minded? Sarcastic? Funny? Done in good taste? I recently read a post with the f bomb in it no less than 25 times but it was for dramatic effect and completely hilarious and relatable to anyone with kids or grandkids, the post- a dad trying to get his kids to put their shoes on.

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  16. Very true everything you said, good examples for rating the offensive words, to me 25 times in one article is far too many even if it did relate to the story.
    Enjoy your weekend.

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  17. Good point made re: the darker side of the vernacular! I do swear – in a typical environment where the “offensive” becomes the “emphatic” and you get heard. Do it at a board meeting: it gets attention. Joking aside, and the point has been made, swearing in a blog article is OK as a quote, or as an understood expletive, not meant to be cheap or tawdry. The growing use of swear words in public discussion, I believe, can be directly attributable to plunging values and much less insistence on developing a proper written vocabulary in public education. These have snowballed, particularly in Western societies, especially as “the swears” were taken up by idolized entertainers, thus becoming a part of the questionable mystique of a decadent society. In blogging however, that’s easily solved: unfollow. I just unfollowed a blogger today because of swear words and an increasing tempo of showing himself in his military fatigues firing off various types of weaponry – two things I loathe: the military and their weaponry – that is worse than swearing: it kills.

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