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"farted away"

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Vic Mackey, Oct 3, 2006.

  1. Vic Mackey

    Vic Mackey Member

    Loved that line in this Monte Poole column from Monday...


    But I wonder...how many newspapers would let this go? I couldn't get away with that, and my bosses are excellent when it comes to giving licence.
  2. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    Doesn't belong in the paper unless it's in a quote. And even then, it might not belong.

    Besides, "pissed away" would be better.
  3. Hed bust

    Hed bust Guest

    Readers are more comfortable with a visual of "pissing" away something than they are with "farting" away something.
    Plain and simple.
  4. huntsie

    huntsie Active Member

    Or how about just "threw" away or "gave" away. Why use either slang?
  5. ronalong

    ronalong Guest

    I once used the word, "Dinger," in a column about baseball. My publisher wouldn't let me use it because she said it was slang. I wouldn't have used it in a gamer, but it's a phrase sports fans use, so it should have been acceptable.
  6. Gator

    Gator Well-Known Member

    i can only hope that was sarcasm.

    this is a column, its his words....i have no problem with it, and if someone is serious offended by the term fart, thats a little sad. just my thoughts.
  7. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Would you have a problem if his words were "full of shit?"
    Farts are funny.
    Farts make people laugh. Or cry, if they're cripplers.

    The word "fart" has no business in a newspaper. Even in a column.
  8. Gold

    Gold Active Member

    There was, believe it or not, a children's book with the word in the title. Some people look at it without any sort of distaste, and kids find it funny. I remember Walter Cronkite being quoted in USA Today using the word in an article during the 1980s. NASA had intended to send a journalist up in the space shuttle and had an application process. Cronkite had applied and said "I want to show that any old fart can do it". NASA, probably to promote the space program, had sent a Senator, Jake Garn of Utah, up in space and made plans to send a teacher and a journalist up in space to show that regular people might be able to go. Cronkite probably would have been chosen if he was healthy enough because of all his broadcasts during the space program which built to landing a man on the moon.

    Of course, when the space shuttle crashed in 1986, those plans were scuttled.

    However, I agree with Moddy. It has no business in a newspaper - it would offend a significant share of the population and isn't a pleasant image when you are reading the paper while eating your breakfast. The use of the word is unnecessary.
  9. oldfart

    oldfart Member

    Have nothing to add, just had to respond
  10. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Geez, oldfart. I thought you'd have the last word on this one.
  11. oldfart

    oldfart Member

    I'm certainly qualified, having farted away more than a few opportunities in my life. However, since I no longer have to worry about offending anyone (retirement has its advantages), I'll leave the debate to those who do
  12. Point of Order

    Point of Order Active Member

    It's pretty sophomoric writing.
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