Curses! Dealing with 4-letter words

I used to work for an entertainment industry trade publication, written for the good people of Hollywood. For a fairly conservative paper, it had a liberal commonsense policy on profanity: If the word occurs naturally, use it. If the quote includes the word fuck, use it. If there is no good reason to swear in print, don't. "It's not a family newspaper," was the saying on the copydesk. This worked out well. I think I set that policy ages ago, and I continue with it on my own blogs. I … [Read more...]