I don’t understand why some academic bloggers feel the need to use the f-word every other word.  It seems so *middle-school*.   You remember, when all the kids suddenly realized they could use naughty words and so they did.  It seemed so rebellious and so grown-up.  It wasn’t.  It was middle-school.

To me, grown-up implies maturity.  Maturity implies an understanding of politeness and social mores.  Grown-ups tend to follow Miss Manners unless there is a real reason not to do so.  You know, because they’re mature.  (Not to be confused with adults who never grew up or who have not grown up yet… we get enough of those in class thankyouverymuch.)

That’s not to say that swearing doesn’t have its place.  It does.  Swearing punctuates strong emotion.  I use it when I feel very strongly about something to signal the strength of my emotions.  The fact that I rarely swear makes it all the more shocking when I do.  People take it seriously.

(Note:  Way to piss off a potential reading deomgraphic!)  (Response:  No no, I’m doing the thing where you incite discussion and links… you know, “Do academics f-ing swear too much?”  or  “This blogger is such a f-ing pansy.”  Gets the hit rate up.  Plus, it’s been annoying me.  Especially since people only ever hit “Acadamnit” in the blog roll and stop after that.  Mayyyybe they’re just getting really caught up in Acadamnit’s archive and never come back, but maaaaybe they’re a bit tired of the phallus-sucking references in the comments.  Of course, what do you expect when you click on a blog with that title?)

And don’t get me started on all the phallic imagery.  Personally, IBTP for that (or is it IBTFP?).

I bet they’re also the ones who swear in class to wake up the students.  But maybe they’re the ones who are sweet as pie to the students and get all their aggression out on blogs.


Personal finance bloggers always seem so sweet and upbeat by comparison.

3 Responses to “Profanity”

  1. nicoleandmaggie Says:

    As a warning… if you click on the (Morrison’s) blog referenced in the (Graceful Retirement) story I referenced under “upbeat”… it has gotten pretty disturbing. I need to watch some cat videos now!

  2. Funny about Money Says:

    LOL! Academe is middle school. You hadn’t noticed? ;-)

    One of my colleagues once remarked, when an admin breezed through the lunch room/mail room venting about the craziness around the place, that we’re all crazy; the reason we’re in academia is that we can’t function in the real world. That’s probably a pessimistic spin (the particular corner of academia where we dwelt lent itself to pessimism), but…well…

    Thanks for the welcome to Donna’s readers–she pointed me in your direction. Nice blog. When are you going up for tenure?

  3. nicoleandmaggie Says:

    Maggie knows exactly when she’s going up for tenure down to the day, possibly hour. Nicole needs to figure that out pretty soon. The person hired the year before her hasn’t come up yet, so she figures she’s got at least a year.

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