I’ve never accidentally dropped something heavy on my foot and yelled out “Darn!”
Nor, during moments of triumph or joy, have I ever exclaimed “Frick yes” or “That’s what I’m fudging talking about!”
I swear. Sometimes I speak in fragments. I use slang. When I recount a funny story that happened to me over the weekend, I don’t do it in clean paragraphs with a strong lead, a minimum of three quotes and input from experts on both sides of the issue.
It’s become clear, though, that plenty of people take great offense to the occasional swearing that happens in this column. Here is a sampling of the kind of emails I get each week:
“We also learned and shocked to read you throwing profanity into your stories. That is pretty much the epitome of amateurism and immaturity.”
“Last week avowed feminist Sara Libby reminisced about first meeting Caty Green whom she recalled labeling a ‘bitch.’ Totally unacceptable.”
So I figured it might be time to explain why this happens. (For those of you worried specifically about poor Caty, fear not – she loved it.)
One of the things I treasure the most about working at Voice of San Diego is our priority on making news accessible. Complex stories become even harder to understand when they’re written in Very Serious Newspeak. I’m constantly imploring reporters to write the way they talk.
We Stand Up for You. Will You Stand Up for Us?
@Kathy S I'd be interested in hearing what your point is in asking this question.
I find that those "adjectival" labels are almost entirely used by academics. The Wikipedia lead sentence sums it up pretty well for me: