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May 15, 2013 11:33 AM

Profanity in CH


I am very disappointed that CH allows profanity on it's site. Hopefully it just slipped through on the thread about ice cream bars.

  1. It's always been allowed, AFAIK. Though not if it's directed at other posters (you can curse, but you can't curse me off).

    1. l actually find it refreshing that very little is censored on the site. As long as you follow the few rules, the mods leave you to it. Seems more adult to let you be you.

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      1. re: Delucacheesemonger

        I agree - it allows adults to talk the way adults talk -- it's good.

        1. re: sunshine842

          That's the point. We may have to type to do it, but this Site is talk, not text (in the book sense).

          As a courtesy to others, I'll substitute an asterisk for the vowels in "f*ck" and "sh*t", but that's the way I speak - that's the way I post. It's a conversation, after all.

          1. re: MGZ

            'As a courtesy to others, I'll substitute an asterisk for the vowels in "f*ck" '

            Me too, but there have been times that I wanted to remove that asterisk!

            Randy. . My Ice Cream Bar post started your post...I only saw one F word from a beloved poster..and me, I wrote 'kick ass'..sorry if I offended you.

            1. re: MGZ

              I never understood that. As if the asterisk made the word somehow different? More palatable?

              What's the fucking point? Just like bleeping swearwords on TV. Really, I have *no idea* what that person could've possibly said b/c you bleeped out a syllable.

              (Funny how they always end up bleeping out the 'god' part in 'goddamned' -- you'd figure that's the "good" part of the word. Silly.)

              1. re: linguafood

                Lingua, my friend, you're absolutely right. I started doin' that asterisk thing in the 90s and it became habit. You've convinced me to never do that shit again. I mean, I offend somebody, in one way or another, most every day here, no?

                1. re: linguafood

                  The asterisk thing comes from the fact that if a person's e-mail or a web site is programmed to pick up on a list of curses, when an asterisk is substituted the program will not pick it up.

                  Of course this is my layman's explanation of a techy thing. But you get it.

                  1. re: ttoommyy

                    I see. I thought it was along the lines of people writing g_d instead of god, which I chalk/ed up to superstition or the idea that writing *god* instead would offend _someone_ (and I'm positively sure it does).

                    1. re: linguafood

                      I'm going back in memory here and paraphrasing greatly, but g-d is abbreviated on paper because paper is disposable and you wouldn't want to throw g-d away.

                      As to filters and asterisks within curse words, ttoommyy is right as I found out when I sent myself a funny message from work with colorful language FROM MY BOSS (referring to us as bitches, in a joking way, of course). Funny. It was "quarantined."

                  2. re: linguafood

                    I think the asterisk thing started because it's the way to get around the moderation that exists on other boards.

                    Type "shit" on many boards - and you see "#$@%*%" when you post your comment.

                    Type "sh*t" - and you see "sh*t" - and everyone knows exactly which expletive you intended to use.

                2. re: sunshine842

                  Yet we're moderated as if we are not adults. The hypocrisy is annoying.

                  1. re: carolinadawg

                    "Yet we're moderated as if we are not adults."

                    Because sometimes we act like children...very badly behaved ones at that.

                    1. re: Servorg

                      When I said so here earlier my comment was deleted. I didn't use a single profanity while doing so but my remark was considered off & learn.

                      Note to self: some topics are sacred with or without profanity.

                      1. re: HillJ

                        <some topics are sacred with or without profanity.>

                        Yes. We must under no circumstances correct anyone's spelling or grammar, something that could actually be helpful.

                        1. re: Jay F

                          By the same token, I don't think anyone here wants help with their profanity--whether to use it or stop doing so. ;)

                          1. re: kattyeyes

                            Thank u, kattye. That's all I was sayin' earlier.

                        2. re: HillJ

                          I don't use much profanity (unless you count words like suck as profanity--I inherited that word from my kids and now my 75 year old mom uses it!) either in speech or writing, but I've had many posts deleted on this site.

                          In general, I think the mods do a decent job here, even though I don't always agree with their narrow approach. I wish other sites, particularly the news sites, would police as well.

                          1. re: Isolda

                            You made me smile, Isolda. When my youngest was about six he got angry with me over having to travel a week for work and miss his play and threatened to use the word shit if I didn't stop traveling so much. I told him, son let's use the word together: it's pretty shitty that your dear Mum has to leave for work and when she returns we'll have a Mum-son date! That seemed to do the trick. And we still talk about that moment.

                            I'm not against moderation. I'm moderated all the time too. I can't even fathom what it's like to moderate a site of this size and passion. I hope the team has fun picnics with great grub to blow off steam :)

                            1. re: HillJ

                              " I hope the team has fun picnics with great grub to blow off steam :)"

                              I like to think that includes nude volleyball and burying a sacrificial hound up to the neck for the day. ;-)

                              1. re: mcf

                                I'm very pleased that our outings do NOT include nude volleyball.

                                1. re: meshane

                                  sorry I didn't see your comment earlier, mcf. Very funny!

                                  No one has yet to dispute this:
                                  and burying a sacrificial hound up to the neck for the day. ;-)


                        3. re: Servorg

                          Some would say the gratuitous use of profanity is the behavior of a badly behaved child, too.

                    2. As others have noted, we do allow incidental profanity on the site. If it's used in anger or directed at other posters, then that's not okay, and we hope you'll Flag it for us, but if it's just casual use in a descriptive sort of way, that's fine.

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                      1. re: The Chowhound Team

                        That is the way our language is evolving, after all.

                        1. re: The Chowhound Team

                          There's another aspect to this. Those of us who grew up with English as our native language are more sensitive to certain four-letter-words (such as "work", according to CarTalk) than are those for whom English is a second language. I, too, am pleased that the site is not censored by school marms. But we, native speakers, do notice usages that we would most probably avoid.

                          1. re: bcc

                            I'm in the camp of native speakers who "notice usages that we would most probably avoid." It's just not the way I speak to others.

                            1. re: Gio

                              "It's just not the way I speak to others."

                              You didn't grow up in Jersey, I guess?

                              1. re: MGZ

                                "It's just not the way I speak to others."
                                You didn't grow up in Jersey, I guess?

                                Listening to the Soprano's dialogue made me a bit nostalgic for my home state and I grew up in fuckin' Hunterdon County!

                                1. re: MGZ

                                  Nope, not New Jersey. Massachusetts, Boston... (And, I only watched one episode of The Sopranos. Once was enough.) LOL

                                  1. re: Gio

                                    What can I say, I can't resist makin' funna my people.

                            2. re: The Chowhound Team

                              Whatever floats your boat. I guess that's how you achieve success on the internet, set the bar low.

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                              1. After the briefings had ended and the general had departed, the chief of staff critiqued our efforts. Good and bad. After curse or scatalogical phrases, he would state to the chaplain, "Pardon my French". At the end, the chaplain stated to nobody in particular that he didn't realise he was so fluent in French!!

                                So the chief of staff toned down his cursing from then on. Yeah, right. He just stopped saying pardon my French.

                                I know what you are saying. Disguise it as you will, we know what you are saying. Maybe not in Finnish. So let us all get a Finnish dictionary and designate Finnish as the official language for profanity on Chowhound.

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