Big news in swearing today, guys. The New York Times dropped an effer. It was in the context of a quote from a book, and in a well-buried section of the The Gray Lady, but it was there. And oh, how the world gasped.
Before commenting further, let me first expose a bias of mine. I love discussing swearing in media and literature so much, that this isn’t even the first time I’ve written about it. It’s fair to say I’m passionate about swearing. I don’t do it for shock value; I don’t write swear words into my writing when it’s not appropriate, but I am fervently committed to saying exactly what I want to say the way I want to say it, using the entire spectrum of word tools in my writer’s toolbox. I think everyone should, writers and speakers alike. Censorship is censorship is censorship, right?