A mail just plopped into my Inbox.
It was a comment on my little rant the other day about Ireland being a nation of sheep.
It was off topic, but I think it deserves a little examination…
MartinW writes as follows –
Most of the impact of that essay is lost through the swearing, which only serves to indicate a poverty of thought and language. If the author would desist from the use of the F-word, then his posts would enjoy a much wider circulation and listener sympathy.
Apart from the fact that I didn’t swear [much] in that post, he raises a question that I can’t answer. How can I possibly know peoples attitude to the sparse cussing that goes on on this site? I presume I could answer that MartinW’s comment is the first complaint/slap on the wrist that I have had in quite a few years.
I tend to write as I speak. If something annoys me I tend to let rip with a few choice words. It’s nothing to do with poverty of thought or language; it’s to do with my feeling a little better, and anyway a good adjective or two can nicely express my feelings.
As a little aside, one thing that does annoy me is the expression “the F-word”. It smacks of cowardice as we all know what “the F-word” is, so why not say it. Unless of course it’s a different F-word in which case it is damned confusing.
So it’s up to you lot. You are the people on whose behalf MartinW is writing, so only you lot can reply. Let’s hear your opinion.
And I hope you all appreciate how I didn’t use the word ‘fuck’ once.