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May 21, 2010

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ChrisCarosa

Artie, you know me. I don't use swear words, not even mild oaths. Part of this comes from some religious upbringing in my distant past. Part of this owes itself to my mother's warning: "Only people who don't have an expansive vocabulary use those words." For whatever reason, I don't swear.

Except when I'm reading someone else's writing - a book, a script, etc... (Well, not including the one time in 11th greade when I "beeped" out an expletive in one of Shakespeare's plays.) Not only do I not want to presume some sort of literary superiority to the author, I don't want to take away from the historical significance of the piece. Books, movies, scripts all represent various forms of time machines.

Having said that, I would have done the same thing you did when reading a book with a questionable word to one of my kids.

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