I’m always surprised by people who swear conversationally. I’m sympathetic to a broken dish or hammer to the thumb, but I’m of the opinion that you shouldn’t swear unless you’re on BBC. Or Mel Brooks.
I’m even more surprised when people swear in print. Not that we don’t all have our moments of weakness, but I’ve never sworn online. Swearing lives in the moment, and I’ve never reached a point in writing where I couldn’t think of a better noun or adjective. Where only a four-letter word could best capture the experience.
Plus, my grandma reads this stuff!
A lot of bloggers swear. And often. It’s not that I’m a prude, not that I can’t handle or get over it; it’s just that, given the choice, I’d rather avoid the more colorful side of language. I don’t need that language in my mind, or in my heart. I’d rather my son avoid it, too. Which is something of a moot point given that he’s three. But still.
We have spam filters for offensive e-mails, and firewalls for offensive everything else, but what about text?
Enter the Profanity Filter, for Firefox! Using a pre-configured list, Profanity Filter replaces foul language with asterisks, keeping your eyeballs minty-fresh. And because language is alive and ever-changing, you can update the list with the latest and creative ways to cause women of high-society to drop their monocles in shock.
Profanity Filter requires the Greasemonkey Firefox extension. Add-on. Whatever.