WARNING: Profanity will run rampant in this post. Easily offended is fair warned.
On Twitter, Facebook and in blogs I see swear words disguised as: a$$, effing, f**k, Shiz, mofo, beeotch, mugger fugger, sh**, or WTF. Just to name a few. I understand that the purpose of disguising a swear word is to try to come off less offensive and/or to keep your tweets, blogs, status rated PG. I’ve done it myself. And I have no problem with people disguising their words for whatever reason they see fit.
But I have to tell ya, when I read a$$, I still read “ass” not “a money money.” Or if you write WTF, I read “what the fuck” and not “double-u tee eff.”
Who are we really fooling? Do dollar signs really censor the word or more importantly the meaning? Even using darn instead of damn, is still considered cursing, according to dictionary.com (verb 2. to curse; damn/ idiom 3. give a darn. damn.)
I’ve never had a problem with cursing, among adults. To me, it’s the meaning/emotion behind the words I put value on. For instance, which do you find more to be more hateful?
“This is the best fucking writing ever!”
“Your fucking writing sucks like a vacuum!”
(For the record, I appreciate some censorship, especially in music. I always buy the clean version when available or I can’t listen to it around my children.)
I know a lot of people find profanity offensive, so I will continue to disguise my words, occasionally. But I have to ask, does sprinkling colored sugar on a pile shit make it a chocolate cupcake?