Thursday, August 11, 2011

do you kiss your mother with that mouth?

Opinion post: Write about how you feel about cussing in blog land. Acceptable? Unacceptable? Do you keep reading?

The anecdote that you're about to read doesn't pertain to blog land, but it does deal with some suggestive content.

Since I started my new job, I've had a few email issues. A couple gals who I email with regularly (coughsisterinlawCandlovelyfriendAcough) told me that they tried to email my work account, but their messages bounced back, forcing them to forward their notes to my Gmail instead.

This started to be cause for concern when, on the day I was emailing with MARGARET ATWOOD, one of my friend's emails bounced. What if MARGARET ATWOOD'S email doesn't come through? So I contacted a friendly guy in IT to assess the situation. He asked me to forward the error message that they received, so he could use his magic IT superpowers to fix the problem.

After sending him the info he needed, here is his reply:

"Well well, your friend uses some salty language. You may want to suggest using **** next time. The emails are being blocked for banned content."


Honestly, some of my favourite funny bloggers (like here, here and here) swear in their posts occasionally, and I find it hilarious. These writers aren't being mean spirited, so what's the big deal? In the right context, a good cuss can really emphasise the ridiculousness of a story, don't you agree?

Thanks, as always, to Mama Kat for the writer's prompt.


  1. Okay, good point, but all I really care about is the Margaret Atwood part. I LOVE her! She was (and still is my) my literary hero throughout high school. Her writing rocks my socks. I'm totally envying you write now...

  2. I totally agree that blog posts using choice four-letter words can be hilarious. I wish I could use an expletive in my blogging now and then. However, I have 3 aunts who are nuns who read my blog. And I don't think I should horrify a nun. Hence, my G-rated blog.
    Stopping by from Mama Kat's!

  3. Choice words are CHOSEN for a reason. :) Sometimes you just need them to complete the emphasis of certain topics!

  4. I agree. Sometimes a good bleeping in just needed. :) xx