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?)
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.