The Case for Profanity in Print

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“Our society’s comfort level with offensive language and content has drastically shifted over the past few decades, but the stance of our news media has barely changed at all. Even when certain words are necessary to the understanding of a story, the media frequently resort to euphemisms or coy acrobatics that make stories read as if they were time capsules written decades ago, forcing us all into wink-wink-nudge-nudge territory. Even in this essay, I am unable to be clear about many of my examples.” –  Jesse Sheidlower

Read Jesse Sheidlower’s ope-ed, The Case for Profanity in Print, in The New York Times. Sheidlower is a lexicographer, the president of the American Dialect Society and the author of “The F-Word.”

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