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  21:22:28  8 October 2003
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Neohunter
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On forum: 10/04/2003
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Oh and is it ok if my stories are named after songs? I'm writing a chronicle kind of thing (about 6 stories) and the subtitles are named after songs from some of my fave bands (AFI, Queen, Led Zeppelin, and Tiger Army).
  10:42:59  9 October 2003
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Goodspeed
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On forum: 07/25/2003
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Arthur>> Seeing that the new guy is posting new stories almost every day, I guess your story will be up soon. Or else just send it again and configure your e-mail for return receipt.
  20:54:40  15 November 2003
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ruinertained
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You know, I really don't understand the taboo about swearing... not that I do a lot of it in my writing, or anything. It just doesn't make any sense to me at all. Why are these words offensive, exactly? They're only words. Just because they have some pejorative or sexual connotation, or because they "use the lord's name in vain" (which is the silliest thing, because whoever curses "JEHOVAH! Woman, you left the stove on again!" Apologies, if you are a fundamentalist Christian, or Jew, for that matter), why on earth are they special? They're just words.

People generally find these words *so* offensive, but yet they otften blithely accept their leaders' assertion of the supposed necessity of going to war? We don't even blink at gruesome depictions of violence and suffering on television, and yet swearwords still elicit giggles from schoolchildren as they watch us squirm? Depending on the context, it's either hilarious or puzzling and sad.

So we're writing about a game where people kill and get killed as a part of their daily struggle to survive, make a buck, obey their orders, feed their bloodlust, etc. Nobody is kind in the zone, except when they're not vulnerable - which is a rare occurrence. Do these people speak in Elizabethan English and curtsy as they past? Fuck no.
  08:25:41  16 November 2003
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Amoki
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You know, I really don't understand the taboo about swearing... not that I do a lot of it in my writing, or anything. It just doesn't make any sense to me at all. Why are these words offensive, exactly? They're only words. Just because they have some pejorative or sexual connotation, or because they "use the lord's name in vain" (which is the silliest thing, because whoever curses "JEHOVAH! Woman, you left the stove on again!" Apologies, if you are a fundamentalist Christian, or Jew, for that matter), why on earth are they special? They're just words.

People generally find these words *so* offensive, but yet they otften blithely accept their leaders' assertion of the supposed necessity of going to war? We don't even blink at gruesome depictions of violence and suffering on television, and yet swearwords still elicit giggles from schoolchildren as they watch us squirm? Depending on the context, it's either hilarious or puzzling and sad.

So we're writing about a game where people kill and get killed as a part of their daily struggle to survive, make a buck, obey their orders, feed their bloodlust, etc. Nobody is kind in the zone, except when they're not vulnerable - which is a rare occurrence. Do these people speak in Elizabethan English and curtsy as they past? Fuck no.
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Okey, this is what I know. I am a christian. We Christian have an unofficial taboo to not to use swearings ( though I still use them is m story) because we try to be different. Call me radical or something, but yes, we are different, because we still believe there is a God. Trying to be different is a way to let others know how a good christian lives and perhaps attracted to the life and even be a christian. . Speaking offensive language don;t make us christian any different then any other people.

On the other hand, swearing is used to provide realism in the story, especially in the converstion, to show frustration, anger, agony over death, and so on, perhaps even shpw that your character is born from a lower class! But don't put them to frequently. Say, lets see how you like this.

(so the fucking stalker put up his fucking LRM-300 and pointed the fucking crosshair and the fucking Dwarf) and so on and so on.

Any reader would throw up and abandon the story at first sight. which is a bad thing if you want a decent vote to your story.

So the bottom line? You can use them, but not too often. And remember, The good guys always wins It is so clear as day. You rummage through the literature contest, and you find good works like ' The difference between you and me' or 'the inhuman condition' had little or no expletives at all.

So why bother?

P.S - Claws, my expletives had nothing to do with anyone or anything, but just as a demo.
  09:02:35  16 November 2003
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Claws
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On forum: 10/23/2002
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I think we all get the point with the swearing, please move on. No need to demonstrate. :
 
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