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The amount of cursing on TDPF is...

Too much
4
17%
About right
12
52%
Not enough
7
30%
 
Total votes : 23

cussin'

Postby jjoyce » Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:02 pm

There's a line on TDPF, but it's not easily definable. When you cross it, we delete it (tends to be based on obscenity or context more than just words). But just like you wouldn't expect a discussion at the bar at Mickey's to be PG, this place isn't, either.

At the risk of this thread becoming a longshoreman's convention, what say you?

An aside: During Saturday's Badger basketball game, the camera caught Bo Ryan saying (clear enough for the world's worst lip reader) "That's the worst fucking call I've ever seen!" But a few minutes later, when going to a commercial, they replayed the scene in its entirety. Networks used to apologize for that stuff, now they embrace it.
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Re: cussin'

Postby doppel » Mon Dec 05, 2011 11:04 pm

How does one vote in this poll? If I knew how to, I'd vote about the right amount. We are all adult enough to swear as much as we feel necessary and know what it means when we hear it. Obscenity? Basically, it no longer exists. After all, it's the 90's. A non issue, but good try, Jason.
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Re: cussin'

Postby bdog » Tue Dec 06, 2011 6:14 am

jjoyce wrote:Networks used to apologize for that stuff, now they embrace it.

They still do. See: Ron Jaworski, Lee Corso, Tiger Woods
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Re: cussin'

Postby Dust Mite Rodeo » Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:47 am

Sometimes when I'm in my cubicle at, um, the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, and I read a TDPF page with a lot of F-bombs, I think to myself "Maybe I shouldn't read this here. What if there's some kind of scanner that keys on bad words?". You never know.
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Re: cussin'

Postby Bwis53 » Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:09 am

Too much from the back of the bus, when filled with teens.
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Re: cussin'

Postby Ned Flanders » Wed Dec 07, 2011 10:39 am

It's just not the same since Schick turned into Uncle Leaver and finally abandoned us yet again.
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Re: cussin'

Postby Endo Rockstar » Wed Dec 07, 2011 11:11 am

TDPF is pretty tame and most of the expletives around here are well used. My use of “the swears,” comes from my mother who completely obliterated my sense of the right time and place. I’ve toned it back in my adult life, but if I’m in the company of people I know slightly more that casually, the f-bombs fly with reckless abandon.

I’m sure my age is starting to show but I feel like supposed “family” network television these days is a bigger issue. The occasional “bitch” uttered in primetime doesn’t phase mebut the fact that many of theses “family shows” on ABC and CBS are taking on very adult themes in a teenage setting is kind of creeping me out. Most recently I noticed a lot of under-aged female leads starting sexual relationships with adult male authority figures—Now that’s over the edge into obscene in my opinion. A few “fucks” on an internet forum aren’t even in the same ball-park.


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Re: cussin'

Postby rrnate » Wed Dec 07, 2011 11:16 am

"Fuckin' a-right doggie!" (A friend said this one time and I still don't really know if it's in reference to something or just randomely popped out.)

Wait, we weren't just sharing our favorte cuss-phrases? Oh! I haven't really seen anyone cross the "oh, that's too much" line on here in a long time. Granted, we do have some delicate dandelions on here (Blaska gets particularly childish if you swear at him) but I'm guessing we'd be hard-pressed to find more than a handful of posters on here who think there is too much of the ol' dirty words.
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Re: cussin'

Postby Comrade » Wed Dec 07, 2011 11:24 am

Well, I was guilty several years ago of being way to causual with the profanities. I realized that I didn't like what it sounded like and made a concerted effort to change.

I absolutely deplore it when my wife starts dropping f-bombs in the house and it especially makes me angry when she does it in front of our kids. I don't want them growing up thinking it is acceptable to yell F--K whenever they are upset--not cool at all.

I seldom use them now. However, when the f-bombs start flying here, I automatically discount much of what the poster is saying. That does not add to credibility. It no longer shocks anyone. It does show a lower caliber of individual and a lack of depth of thought. It is not something to aspire to IMHO and should be avoided.
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Re: cussin'

Postby scratch » Wed Dec 07, 2011 12:08 pm

Comrade wrote:I seldom use them now. However, when the f-bombs start flying here, I automatically discount much of what the poster is saying. That does not add to credibility. It no longer shocks anyone. It does show a lower caliber of individual and a lack of depth of thought. It is not something to aspire to IMHO and should be avoided.


Kind of makes the "H" in "IMHO" seem a little hollow.
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Re: cussin'

Postby rrnate » Wed Dec 07, 2011 12:31 pm

Comrade wrote:It does show a lower caliber of individual and a lack of depth of thought.


I also like to judge people like this, but instead of using profanity as the measurement, I have a complicated algorithm that incorporates several facets of personal appearance (clothes, build, hair color, etc.); upon calculation (using a hierarchical Bayesian model to make sure I'm completely understanding all interactions) , it spits out a number on my patented "caliber of individual" scale. I then know how to treat said person and can get on with living.
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Re: cussin'

Postby Marvell » Wed Dec 07, 2011 12:45 pm

Comrade wrote:It does show a lower caliber of individual and a lack of depth of thought.


Like fucking hell it does, you pathetic milquetoast.

I'll take the 'individual caliber' and 'depth of thought' of Richard Pryor, Henry Miller and Hunter S. Thompson (to just point out the obvious examples) over yours, Comrade, any day of the week.

And depriving your kids of the chance to learn the art of the well-deployed 'fuck' is to cheapen their cultural heritage and rob them of one of the true joys of life. Your wife should tell your prim, prissy ass to just fuck off already.
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Re: cussin'

Postby ilikebeans » Wed Dec 07, 2011 12:52 pm

Those that are offended by "those bad words" probably should not be anywhere near an internet-enabled computer.

True obscenity is sort of like the "I know it when I see it" test applied to porn. It's pretty obvious when someone is way out of line, and it doesn't necessarily have to involve swear words.

I'm personally offended by unimaginative or lazy swearing, e.g., nearly every comment section on youtube.

Also, I have decided to incorporate "fuckin' a-right doggie" at some point in the near future. Thanks, Nate!
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Re: cussin'

Postby Comrade » Wed Dec 07, 2011 12:55 pm

scratch wrote:
Comrade wrote:I seldom use them now. However, when the f-bombs start flying here, I automatically discount much of what the poster is saying. That does not add to credibility. It no longer shocks anyone. It does show a lower caliber of individual and a lack of depth of thought. It is not something to aspire to IMHO and should be avoided.


Kind of makes the "H" in "IMHO" seem a little hollow.


Well, then by all means just load up your B52 with F-bombs and fire away. If thats all you need to do increase crediblity, then have at it. Thats a lot easier than actually doing research and supporting arguements.
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Re: cussin'

Postby fisticuffs » Wed Dec 07, 2011 12:58 pm

Thats a lot easier than actually doing research and supporting arguements.


So is writing off a comment because of a few dirty words.
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