Do We Really Need Profanity?

Last Update: September 27, 2016

Why do people put curse words in their articles? Are they trying to draw attention to themselves, or to their article?

I was reading a new article this morning and the author used several curse words as if he were chatting with one of pals in a locker room.

I personally do not use this type of language and I do NOT enjoy it in conversations or in books or articles that I am reading.

Profanity is useless. Other words can be used to make the same point without offending anyone. It certainly does not belong in business. It can turn customers off, and you will lose sales.

I remember that my grandfather used to say "Profanity is an uneducated man's crutch." And I believe he was correct.

As a Christian I know that the Bible says we should not use any curse words.

In the article I was reviewing this morning, the author felt very comfortable using various ugly words throughout his article. And, he apparently felt that he had license to do this because he substituted an asterisk for one letter in each of these abusive words.

I believe we at WA should have a higher standard than this author.


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JudeP Premium
A very valid point Mike :)
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MikeMartin1 Premium
Hi Jude,

I'm glad you agree.

Have a great day and God bless,
Mike
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theresroth Premium
Good point, I must say!

Often it would be better to wait a few seconds longer, till the imagination comes up with a word or phrase that is more suitable....

Or even an anecdote......

The memory of the point made, would be more lasting in the mind of the reader, also!
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MikeMartin1 Premium
Thank you Teresa.

I am sure God does not want us to talk ,
or write that way.

All the best,
Mike
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MikeMartin1 Premium
Thank you Teresa.

I am sure God does not want us to talk ,
or write that way.

All the best,
Mike
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ChrisScott Premium
You are so correct. I am guilty myself of having occasionally used some minor word that was more along the lines of being off color than wrong.

However, after reading this blog and considering you such a great and mighty friend, I now have set my face like a flint not to do even this anymore. Why? The Apostle Paul said that if eating meat, (though he saw nothing wrong with eating meat), caused his brother to stumble that he would not eat another piece as long as the Earth stands.

Thank you for making me better, Bro. Mike.

Your Forever Friend,
-The teddy Bear
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MikeMartin1 Premium
Hi Teddy Bear,

It's nice to hear your opinion on the subject.

Unfortunately, we all sin. But, if this gives you and others the opportunity to become a better person as a result, then God has achieved his purpose.

Take care and God bless,
Mike
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ChrisScott Premium
I receive the blessing. Thank you for being you.
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Kyle Premium Plus
There is a time and place...for some people. I personally have never used profanity in my content, ever. I don't feel that this is a way I want to represent myself.

That is not to say that others cannot be successful with profanity and sometimes it will lead to people attracting the audience that they want. Guys like Gary V that swear constantly, have embraced this. They don't change for the Internet and stay true to who they are, even if that is someone that is constantly using profanity.
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MikeMartin1 Premium
Thank you.

I am glad that you don't personally use profanity.
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GaryHorton Premium
Good point.

In real life, probably because I was a soldier for 12 years, I tend to use profanity a lot. But I rarely use it in writing and never on my website.

There is no reason to use profanity on your website. It will alienate some people.

If you are hoping to make sales through your website, you want your visitor to know you, like you and trust you. Profanity will undermine this and probably cost you some sales.

Last week I dumped an otherwise good comment left on my site because the comment contained the "F" word. Totally inappropriate.
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MikeMartin1 Premium
Gary,

Thank you.

I believe that we have both hit the nail on the head.

have a great day,
Mike
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