Apr 01 2008

Foul Language And Civility

PhysioProf has been giving a lot of thought lately to the issue of foul language and civility. Many people have commented that PhysioProf’s constant use of dirty words detracts from his message, and turns off many of the very people that he is seeking to reach out to and influence. After ruminating very long and very hard about this issue–and the legitimate very firmly stated concerns of many readers and potential readers–I have decided that this is correct. There are many people out there who might agree with what I have to say, but are turned off by my excessive purely gratuitous use of foul language.

Accordingly, my days of incessant swearing are over, not only here, but also at DrugMonkey and in the comments I leave at many other blogs. I consider this an important transition for PhysioProf, a maturation, if you will, and I seek the assistance of my readers in keeping the tone down in the comments as elevated as it will henceforth be up here.


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    Bravo. You also gain the benefit that when profanity *is* used, it carries more weight :).

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    Of course… my assumption that April Fools cannot occur past noon may be culture-specific ;-)).

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    Et un bon poisson d’avril à vous, cher professeur!

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    Delurking. If I’d read this in my reader on another date I’d be fucking devastated! You’re my foulmouth hero ;-)

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    I hope it’s April Fools because I love the languages you use. Sometimes fucked up stuff needs to be called fucked up.

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    Yer phrellin kiddin us, right? *G*

    I’m not one to consider cussing in public as an attractive thing for others to overhear. I cringe when I look back and recall my teen years when NOTHING I said came out without a fuck or a shit. We all thought we were so street kewl . . . turns out, we were offensive as hell.

    But in the blogosphere, I think there’s a LOT of room to just VENT that which we began to suppress as we grow into adulthood.

    Cussin in public, bad taste anymore.
    Cussin at work, foolish!
    Cussin at yer loved one’s, shameful.

    Cussin in the blogs? There’s room for it, methinks.
    But if that’s the gist of the conversation, then cussin becomes worthless, once again.

    Fuckin ay, ya know?

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    Brave try, but just not fucking good enough. You need to take some fucking lessons from fucking DM.

    OK, this
    —”and I seek the assistance of my readers in keeping the tone down in the comments as elevated as it will henceforth be up here”—-
    was pretty fucking funny.

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    AM, didn’t you read the comments at D’Monkey? PP is still licking his wounds from being so severely taken in pwned by the DM.

    /ducks, covers

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    Back in your cage you doggone monkey!

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    the Rev Jerry Gloryhole

    If you drop cursing, do I have to drop blasphemy?

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    Excellent decision, my good fellow. When the next fornicating wackaloon perpetrates some sort of excrement, he’ll truly realise what an anus he is when you decorously refer to him as a waterjet primate rather than (I blush) a douchemonkey, as was your wont in your precivilised past. Let’s all work together to make this the most Goddamned, fucking well-mannered blog in the whole fucking blogosphere.

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    Fucking A! A new niche opens up for the next foul-mouthed motherfucker-in-waiting to dominate the fucking science-geek blogosphere. I’m ON that shit…I’m gonna be sooooo famous!

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    Cursing is truly an art form; sadly lacking in our society.

    For instance, I find myself in despair over the lack of vocabulary and imagination in our young ones.

    It takes some serious chops to combine and correlate disgusting actions, far-fetched practices, and character aspersions while keeping the rhythm and power required.

    Teach us, oh PhysioProf.

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    make the BAYMAN is on that fucking shit…

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    You’re ruining your blog. Just so you know.

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    Dr. Free-Ride

    That demented fucking wackaloon PP has let Miss Manners have the key to his blog!

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    Go fuck yourself. I can’t fucking believe you’ll give in to the fucking language morality police. If you do, you’re a fucking shriveled scrotum in the crotch of teh tubes.

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    What have you been smoking today?

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    George Smiley

    Thank the Baby Jeebus that tomorrow is April 2.

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    When I see that shit, I’ll believe it. By the way, my brother loves yer shit, whackaloons cracks his ass up.
    So until radioactive sea monkey’s start flyin outta my ass, I’ll just continue to verbalize any fucking thing that comes to mind.Like I would fuckin change anyway, sheeit.

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    Oh, darn you all to heck.

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    I guess that would be a ‘no’ then?

    Too fucking funny.

    And yes, there is space for profanity in the blogosphere. There are already unlimited numbers of people pointing out kindly and patiently where smegma snorkelling wackaloon douchmonkeys are completely fucked up with an absence of appropriate adjectives, but you do it with real style and no one listens to them anyway.

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