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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

In the interest of setting good examples

A flapping shmata? A tangerine polling booth? Art?

An old friend of Mr Nice Guy has struck your correspondent to the very quick! Thoughtfully, he laid out the arguments for proper capitalization. Impressively, he inveighed against my liberal use of expletives. Of course Mr Nice Guy, knee jerk that he is, was initially inclined to write him off as a stick in the mud, a maroon and, not unlike the John Lithgow character in "Footloose," a smelly fundamentalist!

But then I got to thinking. WWCD? That's right: What Would Cosby Do? Ah, the crown prince of hilarity would refrain from using words that rhyme with DUCK that aren't CLUCK. He would probably almost never say on stage that word that sounds a lot like CLOCKSHUCKER--merely to get a cheap laugh. You know? (Of course, he apparently has had a hard time keeping it
in his pants. That's a debate for another time, though.)

monday in the park with christo

But this is about the guppy, after all. My unborn squidkid. So. What do you think? Should Mr Nice Guy abstain from profanities? Ought not Mr Nice Guy properly capitalize his sentences? What sayest thou, imaginary readers?

UPDATE! this was perhaps my fault, titling the post what i titled it and all. the point here is not to stop swearing for the sake of my unborn (and let's face it, still largely hypothetical) child. no. the kid will swear and i will be powerless to stop it from swearing (and largely uninterested in doing so). no. the issue here is using "bad" words as cheap laugh-getters. the "clean" comics are usually the funnier ones anyway. but i digress. the main point here is that, frankly, i will type all the filth and flarn i want, but i suspect my unparalleled comedic powers will dominate even if i don't type like a syphilitic sailor.

oh and also: let's face it, i am too fucking lazy to capitalize properly.


Blogger Chris Taylor said...

I'm with your friend on this one. Although I've always enjoyed your blog, the experience has always been marred by the lack of capital letters. On the other hand, I have no problem with your frequent use of profanity for comic effect. One exception being the time you reported Mrs Nice Guy referring to the guppy as “motherfucker”. I did think that might have been slightly inappropriate.

2/23/2005 3:57 AM  
Anonymous alyssadejour said...

Personally, I quite like the absence of capitals, once I was used to it. It’s quirky. Now, to answer your question, ‘Should Mr Nice Guy abstain from profanities in the interest of his squidkid’? That all depends if Mr Nice Guy minds his squid kid using profanities. Me thinks you probably don’t want your kid throwing the F word around the kindergarden. Chances are he/she will pick it up there anyway, but at least you can tell ‘em off without them having the comeback they learned it from you.

2/23/2005 4:24 AM  
Anonymous alyssadejour said...

...make that, "f*(king learned it from you!

2/23/2005 4:25 AM  
Blogger Candace said...

I like the lack of capitalization. What is this? Grammar class or YOUR blog?

As for the squidkid...mine once sat in front of a newly crashed tower of blocks and clearly (and situationaly appropriately) yelled "DAMNIT!". Had it happened at home, I would have chuckled quietly. It happened at preschool. When he was three. Oops.

2/23/2005 12:20 PM  
Blogger emjaybee said...

You could be like my dad and develop a varied and strange list of alternatives. My dad's favorite were "Goldangit" "Dadgummit" "Dagnabbit" and "Goldarn it".

Of course, it makes you sound like the old prospecter in Blazing Saddles, and your kid will think you're an idiot. But at least he won't learn his cussing from you.

2/23/2005 2:50 PM  
Blogger Chuck said...

Whattya mean, imaginary?

2/23/2005 7:03 PM  
Anonymous janer said...

I guess it depends on your willingness to "explain" this all you your "squidkid" some day down the line when he/she is old enough to read the blog and laugh at you. I once found some copies of letters my parents and friends wrote home from Morocco at age 24 describing being high on hash for three strainght weeks and doing things like "writing poems about what they saw that day and reading them to each other in the hostel." Really, I could never believe my parents had once been that cool, and could never believe they had written BAD poetry! It was a good way to get to know them -if you don't mind your kid getting to know that part of you someday...

2/24/2005 11:55 AM  
Blogger Clumsy said...

the kid is going to pick it up from somewhere anyway...i've noticed that the bigger deal you make out of swearing if you accidently slip, the more likely a kid is to repeat what you've said (ooo, daddy is getting upset! this is fun!). if you just keep on and pretend like nothing bad happened, the kid will forget in 2 seconds.

2/25/2005 10:50 AM  
Blogger Cattiva said...

Why in the world would you change? It the "un"caps and profanity that I love so much.

But I'm sick and twisted like that.

2/25/2005 12:48 PM  
Blogger Candace said...

Yay! More needless swearing! Me likee.

2/28/2005 7:04 PM  
Anonymous Jen said...

i think the kid is going to pick it up in his environment..
my mom washed my mouth out with soap when i was younger when i even tried to say sh*t.
now i curse with abandon.

7/27/2007 9:01 PM  

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