Swearing in Writing
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Swearing in Writing
Xah Lee, 2011-08-26
here's my answer, and i have a question if anyone can help.
i do it often, and for me, it's somehow natural to swear, insult, offend. e.g.
- Are You Intelligent Enough to Understand HTML5?
- IT Industry Predicament
- Responsible Software Licensing
- Professor Victor Mair and 肏 (Fuck)
- Lily Allen - Fuck You Very Much
i think that if you find it natural to do so at the moment, then do it. (it's prone to happen more in hardcore programing communities) Though, of course the writing must have content. But also, advertisers will shy away from it, as usual.
Well-Known Writers Who Swear
are there well-known writers who swear a lot in their writing?
i've been trying to find well known writers today or in the past that are well known for blunt swearing or offensive style. I thought there surely must be few, but couldn't think of any. Closest i can think of is Marquis de Sade (e.g. Justine by Marquis de Sade). Jonathan Swift came close (e.g. A Modest Proposal and Gulliver's Travels, but mostly it's just offensive satire.
Another is Sir Richard Burton's translation of Arabian Nights, e.g. The Arabian Nights: 70. ABU AL-ASWAD AND HIS SLAVE-GIRL (here we have penis-sucking in 1850, from tales of ~1500.) but again it's not that he swears freely, but rather he's just doing faithful translation.
Besides Marquis de Sade, the other i can think of that actually qualify is S.C.U.M Manifesto (by Valerie Solanas), but that's just a one-hit-wonder by a non-writer.
can anyone suggest other well-known writers who swear a lot in their work? I really like to collect a list. (note: porn/erotica writing doesn't count here. Am more looking for writers who swear a lot, or known for offensive writing style.) Am thinking there must be few from philosophers too. Thanks. (from the few of Darren's blog i read in the past, i knew it's not his style. I think he has written that even bitching/complaining style doesn't work for him.)