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Just a reminder about the use of ####'s, ****'s, or anything else that is meant to signify a banned word. Please don't use these symbols this way. I know there are times that just seem to call for it, but just think it, OK?


The Guideline state:


Cursing and swearing are out too. For many of us, it is so much a part of our language, we don't even realize it until the bad words filter substitutes ****** or ##### in the text box. Some of the more seemingly benign swear words are actually substitutes for religious epithets, and so hit two neutral zone points in one blow. Some words may be swear words in one context but perfectly usable in another. When in doubt, we leave it out. There are many better ways to make a point. (We have a nice selection of emoticons (clickable smilies) which are quite expressive. cool.gif


So, our mind does a reverse filter and comes up with the naughty word of our choice, doesn't it? :blush: And in the end, that's just about the same as using the word itself.


Using graphic symbols that have no referent in languages other than English is pretty confusing to the reader too. We can all figure out what a smiling or frowning face means though!



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I'm just speechless- or rather I should have been speechless earlier. Sorry.

Do you think if I reached further into my bag of Colorful Cowboy Conversation it would pass the filter?

One of my problems is that most of the time I can't use the emoticons- my ancient computer would freeze up.

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Sometimes finding an acceptable, colorful expression is half the fun! My grandpa was very dignified and it was always fun listening to him NOT using the expressions my grandma had brought from the farm with her and had refined through years as a nurse. My 'deary me' came from him and the tone of voice makes it pretty versatile.


My hubby almost never ever swears and this evening, having just read Shelley's post, I heard drifting up the stairs in a tone of utmost dischuffment: Oh you wretched, wretched little dog! Seems like the puppy we are baby-sitting this weekend had gone paddling in the water dish, tracked it all over the living room's wood floor, wandered up to himself, squatted, and yes, peed. I couldn't help it. I just plain lost it. I'm up here howling with laughter and there is dead silence from below.


One of life's good moments!

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