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Rant: front-page expletive

Chacham (981) writes | more than 10 years ago

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Well, solidus full-stop has done it again. A front-page story using an expletive. I should just foe Hemos and get it over with.

Well, solidus full-stop has done it again. A front-page story using an expletive. I should just foe Hemos and get it over with.

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Whine whine whine (1)

Acidic_Diarrhea (641390) | more than 10 years ago | (#8100222)

You won't foe him because the fact is, you enjoy being angered in this way. It gives you something to whine about in your 'oh-so-hip' journal. Isn't that right porky?

Re:Whine whine whine (1)

DaytonCIM (100144) | more than 10 years ago | (#8101530)

I liberally luv you. ;)

Observation (1)

GoRK (10018) | more than 10 years ago | (#8101065)

Man, you need to get with the program. You foe almost anyone you see use an expletive -- You do it to the extent that your foe list is full! I am probably foe'd for the same reason.

If you hate it so much that you have to gripe about it endlessly, why don't you just run a proxy server that censors the vile language and optionally replaces it with something else. It's just a couple of regex's. There is probably some kind of browser plugin out there that actually does this for you. This is slashdot, right? You are a geek, right? Let's see you get on with the solution already!

Re:Observation (1)

MiTEG (234467) | more than 10 years ago | (#8108288)

That's actually a really good idea. I know there's at least one piece software out there for internet explorer that will replace relevant words with hyerlinks to specific web sites. Modifying it to replace expletives with 'bork bork bork' shouldn't be too hard.

But then I got to thinking- what do most posts on slashdot have in common? Improper spelling! That might make the task a bit more difficult.

Re:Observation (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 10 years ago | (#8109311)

I know there's at least one piece software out there for internet explorer that will replace relevant words with hyerlinks to specific web sites. Modifying it to replace expletives with 'bork bork bork' shouldn't be too hard.

Been thinking about that for a while. Problem is, i use Mozilla. Also, that'll only work on *this* computer. Less of a problem is stories. I get the daily email. The filter wouldn't help that.

So, i just haven't tries it yet. But, i guess i kind of want to.

Hmm... (1)

Trolling4Dollars (627073) | more than 10 years ago | (#8102017)

WARNING: I used expletives for the sake of discussion.


I don't think the word "bullshit" qualifies as an expletive. I remember when I first heard it on TV in the 70s, I though, "can they say that on TV"? But I found out that although it contains the less acceptable "shit", it is not considered to actually be "foul language".

See here [die.net] for a definition.

Personally, I don't have a problem with profranity as long as it's usage is warranted. After all, there are times when you really would like to beat the daylights out of someone on the other end of the conversation, but using profanity is nearly as effective because it might rile the other party. Especially if they are less intelligent than you are.

There's also points in my book for witty usage. Stupid utterances of profanity just to use the word, like: "you fucking fuck! I want to beat the fucking fucked up fuck out of you!" don't appeal. Something more colorful like: "Why you motherfucker cocksucker! You'd fuck your own mother for a nickle you son of a bitch!" are a little better.

The one thing I CAN'T stand is people who claim that they don't use profanity on the grounds that it "lowers the tone" of the discussion. I think this is a completely ridiculous senitment and do not share it in the least. However, I imagine your problem with it has more to do with some religious/moral belief. To each his own.

By the way... I've explained my /. Username. What does "Chacham" mean? I assume it's either a Hebrew word that I am completely unaware of (I don't know Hebrew) or it was a truncation of some longer name like "Cha Cha Man" or something.

Re:Hmm... (1)

superyooser (100462) | more than 10 years ago | (#8103930)

The one thing I CAN'T stand is people who claim that they don't use profanity on the grounds that it "lowers the tone" of the discussion.

I don't fault Chacham for foeing people who use bad words. I agree with him that it's important to guard what enters your mind.

However, I think that the content of one's message "lowers the tone" of the discussion more than specific foul words. I mean, we could discuss the merits and glory of Nazism with pure, flowery language. We can use clean words to discuss such fallacies as the rights of tyrannized peoples to determine their own governments (e.g. Iraqis under Saddam's regime), Bush waging a war for oil, Halliburton conspiracies, the "right" to kill a baby, affirmative action (affirmative racism), etc. I'm much more offended by the ideas people assert than by the four-letter words they use.

In fact, I think the dirtiest words are not the universally bad four-letter words, but the inflammatory rhetoric that is specific to certain topics. Examples: referring to black conservatives as Uncle Toms, referring to parts of Eretz Israel as Occupied Territories, calling American southerners hicks or backwards, calling the Holy Bible a book of myths.

What does "Chacham" mean?

It's Hebrew for wise man.

Re:Hmm... (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 10 years ago | (#8104066)

However, I think that the content of one's message "lowers the tone" of the discussion more than specific foul words.

True.

However, the foul words can also be an indicator.

It's Hebrew for wise man.

Traditionally, that is spelled "chochom". This is more the S'phardic type.

Re:Hmm... (1)

superyooser (100462) | more than 10 years ago | (#8104651)

This is more the S'phardic type.

Is "chochom" Ashkenazic? Why do you imply that that is "traditional" when the Sephardic tradition is at least as old?

Re:Hmm... (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 10 years ago | (#8105539)

No.

As Ashkenazim use "Robby", S'phardim use "Chacham". To Ashkenazim it can denbote mysticism.

That's funny (1)

NeMon'ess (160583) | more than 10 years ago | (#8103403)

You presumably foed me just because of my .sig?

You can sort of foe an editor (1)

Kris_J (10111) | more than 10 years ago | (#8105024)

You can go to your preferences page an knock "Authors" off the front page. I've still got a tick in the JonKatz box.

Re:You can sort of foe an editor (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 10 years ago | (#8109300)

You're right! Forgot about that. Thanx. I guess i'm going to wait for one more strike though.

Anyway, I also have Jon Katz ignored. :)
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