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What's the right (expletive) way to do this?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Boobie Miles, Nov 15, 2007.

  1. Boobie Miles

    Boobie Miles Active Member

    This is something that you see fairly often and there doesn't seem to be a consensus. I think any time someone uses profanity, you should just replace the word with (expletive) as I did in the thread title. I feel like I've seen places do (stuff) for presumably shit or (butt) for presumably ass and a number of other euphemisms.

    What do you think?
  2. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    "I (expletive) in the milk of their win," Coach Johnson said after Boogaloo Tech held his team scoring during the final 16:52 of the second half of last night's championship basketball game.
  3. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    Some tight-(expletive) places don't like that approach, because it "encourages" readers to guess at what the offending word was.

    Maybe there should be different profanity policies for print and Web versions of stories, since only mature adults read the print offering anymore.
  4. joe

    joe Active Member

    Thanks, Papa.
  5. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Me, personally, believe (expletive) is the way to go. Alas, some places I've seen have done stuff like "a------" "bull----" "f---" and so forth.
  6. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

  7. Breakyoself

    Breakyoself Member

    just say the fucking word in the paper
  8. Lugnuts

    Lugnuts Well-Known Member

    I like the way Moddy does it.

  9. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member

    I believe Steve Rushin called that "Obscene Hangman."
  10. budcrew08

    budcrew08 Active Member

    We don't have a specific policy in our shop that I'm aware of, but I believe we do it this way as well. It's one of those things where it's like, "OK, that's the word, keep moving through the story."
  11. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    De nada, though the correct word should've been *scoreless* ... I (expletive) in the milk of my typo.
  12. Some Guy

    Some Guy Active Member

    Most places use expletive, our place does, too. But a lot of times, it might make the quote seem even more offensive than it actually is.

    To some people, "It was a goddamn foul" is a lot less offensive than "it was a fucking foul."
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