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  1. @Madeley: hmm. On the curse-word hierarchy, I always put twat beneath both pussy and cunt. I kind of think of it more as a novelty word, to be honest, but that might be because I’m from Jersey, where I think it’s part of the regional dialect. I think it’s kind of in the same league as dick, maybe? Dick/twat, prick/pussy, cock/cunt?

    Maybe?

    And I heard about that book ratings thing, but I’d forgotten it. I can’t decide if I think it’s crazy or not; movies and games get ratings but not so much books or music. Kinda weird. Definitely interesting. Thanks for reminding me.

  2. LISA NOYES

    How ’bout: interfucking, or intergasm, or innerlabiasucker.

    Heh.

    It says they’re words in the “Urban” dictionary.

    (Minus the innerlabiasucker {I made that one up}).

  3. @Lisa: I knew there was a reason I liked you so much. I don’t even know what those mean (well. Besides innerlabiasucker. I mean, that I can figure out. But it makes me yearn for a hyphen). I must look them up now.

  4. GOTHAMGIRL

    My first thought for “I” was “In the butt.” too long?

    So, writers should avoid Random House then?

  5. @Gotham: well, I don’t know about avoid, exactly. They publish John Grisham, Andrew Davidson (The Gargoyle), and Richard Russo, among others. I’d sell them The Prodigal Hour if they offered me enough or promised me good marketing.

    Then again, I’d sell News Corp/HarperCollins my novel for enough coin.

    But I do question these morality clauses/business decisions, yes.

    As for these ‘i’ words: I don’t know–I was looking for a single word that might offend someone itself. ‘Interfucking’ comes close, but I think it’s cheating at scrabble if only because it’s just adding a suffix to ‘fucking.’ I’m hoping for an ‘i’ word equivalent of ‘cunt’.

  6. GOTHAMGIRL

    I wanted to come here and say “Oh, I found one.” I have learned things I was happier not knowing. Your from New Jersey and a guy so most of this shouldn’t phase you like it did me. http://www.sex-lexis.com/I

    What if they offered you alot of money but they wanted you to change your books so they were more moral and only their version of moral? What if they wanted Dan Brown to edit it? What if they wanted you to tone down a key peice of dilogue.

    The purpose of liturature is to offend. If it offends no one your doing something wrong.

  7. @Gotham: good link, great resource, but none of those words offended me. And I don’t think most would, in themselves, offend someone else. Maybe ‘incest’ comes closest?

    As for your questions, well, I don’t know: I think the purpose of my writing is to tell stories and to entertain. I think if it entertains no one, you’re doing something wrong. I could care less about offense.

    Then again, I ain’t trying to write literature. Just books and stories. Like Shakespeare.

  8. GOTHAMGIRL

    I don’t mean you set out to offend, but that’s what liturature does. Lets say you write a story about a girl whose rescued by a boy. Uber feminist might be offended by the use of a standard damsal in distress. Or hell, Dan Brown’s davinici code. do you think it would have sold half as well if the Catholic church hadn’t decided to be offended? If you look at your favorite stories you will be able to find a group of people who were offended for the same reasons. Hell, you’ve written things I found offensive just like I’m sure I’ve written things that other people found offensive. I don’t think you have ever set out to offend me though. You, like many writers, just set out to write a good story. Imagine how Harry Potter might have turned out if J.K. rowling had tried to please everyone. Ew.

  9. @Gotham: maybe I just don’t write “literature,” then. I didn’t say I was trying not to offend anyone, just that that’s not my goal. If I offend someone in telling the story I set out to tell, so be it. But the reason I’m telling the story is that I want to entertain, mostly. JK Rowling might not have set out to please everyone, but I doubt she meant to offend everyone, which is sort of what you’re saying. My goal in writing is to communicate and to entertain. If someone gets offended while I’m doing my job, that’s not my concern.

  10. LISA NOYES

    @Will: After this post, I remembered reading the word douchehammmer somewhere a long time ago in a thread (can’t remember if you hypenated it) but, it’s now the offical word of the month around here. Seriously, people are singing songs with it.

    Douchehamma!

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