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Never offend a captive audience


Never offend a captive audience

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Well said, and I hardly agree! Profane language has no place in technical writing. Talking about things of a factual nature does not need thisw usage.
Thanks for your article.
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I agree, swearing is unecessary in the workplace.

However, Shakespeare has his fair share of foul language, well far more than that given how many words he invented.
He had some quite creative ones, like "Strumpet"
Bolting-hutch of beastliness

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I prefer 'The devil d*mn thee black, thou cream-faced lune'. It is very satisfying.


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Better Shakespeare than Chaucer, I suppose...

Shakespeare seems particularly fond of a little cuckoldry to push the plot along, though crediting him with invention of the term "Strumpet" is perhaps taking things a little far.
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I agree as well.

In a romance we're dealing with fictional or real characters (and they can curse and do whatever they want) so we're able to take some literary freedom, depending on the style -- suspense, horror, sci-fi, etc.

In technical documents it's only you and your readers. If you start swearing for no reason you give your audience the right to swear back at you.

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Yes sorry, I've checked facts and Strumpet is a lot older than Shakespeare. It's still a great olde insult!
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david.howell (11/6/2011)
... It's still a great olde insult!


Great indeed.

One only has to hear its use by Billy Connolly to appreciate its nuances.
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.. main reason why IT in the finance industry is dominated by males...

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I honestly do not understand why people, in any sphere of life, has to spice their words with swearing and bad language. It is bad taste.

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