In defense of cussing. And voice.

Stranger: Just one thing, Dude.
Dude: What's that?
Stranger: Do you have to use so many cuss words?
Dude: What the fuck are you talking about?
Stranger: OK, Dude. Have it your way.

You may have noticed a few F-bombs being dropped around here lately.

Phil definitely commented on it, so apparently it's noticeable.

It would make some people unhappy, but here's the thing: this is how I speak.

When we write professionally, we write professionally. But this is Josh Shear dot com, so maybe it should sound like Josh Shear. Make it personal, like you and I are sitting down for coffee. Or beer.

Speaking of which, I'm now working 7-3, maybe it's time for a regular happy hour. Someone make a suggestion, or I'm going to, and you never know where that shit leads.

If you think about why you come here, there are probably three reasons:

(1) You like my voice.
(2) You like what I have to say.
(3) We're related so you feel obligated.

I'm going to venture a guess and say at least 75% of you are here for #2.

I appreciate you guys and I don't want to lose you, so I'm going to continue providing that same stuff.

I'm just going to start saying it the way I would say it if we were sitting down to talk about it instead of doing it on paper. Because you know what? This isn't paper. This is My. Fucking. Home. on the Internet. (See? I still have to do it in AP style, capital I Internet. Jeeee-zus.)

If you want to hire me to write and not cuss? Cool. I can do that. But I want the people who like my in-person voice to come here, too.

I say "fuck" a lot in real life. That's not a sign of a bad upbringing or small vocabulary. It's how I speak. I grew up in city schools. I played sports. I performed music and poetry in front of audiences in bars. It's part of the vernacular. And I know when not to use it, which is probably the biggest power I have with the word.


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