The late great George Carlin may well have exhausted the topic in his "seven words you can't say on television" bit. Of Carlin's original list, piss is now acceptable on television. His amended list added three more words, of which fart and turd are now acceptable on what was formerly broadcast television.
I am a staunch defender of the First Amendment and believe sincerely that it was intended to protect unpopular speech. There is no need to protect popular speech. Larry Flynt of Hustler Magazine was correct when he told a judge that if the First Amendment didn't protect him, it didn't protect anyone.
So, more on the First Amendment later, when I discuss Judge Delaney's sentencing of Bob Newland.
This is about bad words. Naughty words. I used a couple in an earlier post. Someone asked me if I thought that my use of those words represented "decorum." I answered that I thought sometimes a vulgar word is the best word for the situation, and that under some circumstances, profanity can be used effectively in a civil discussion.
I'm an old-school news guy. Use of those words was always strictly forbidden in a "family" newspaper. So out here in the blogosphere, all bets seem to be off. I notice on many other blogs f&*king ampersands and asteriks are used to imply what should be acceptable words if we weren't so uptight about them.
I don't want Decorum Forum to become a profanity-filled blog. But, I also don't want to stifle the folks who post here beyond my requirement that we endeavor to not harm people – any people – with insults and false accusations.
So having set what some may consider to be a bad example in my previous post, I want people here to feel free to use the best possible words to make the repartee here interesting. So, if you've searched your vocabulary and cannot find a better word than a profane one, use profanity. Please be careful to use it sparingly, please.