"fuck" in WashPost

Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Fri Jun 25 13:45:37 UTC 2004

> -----Original Message-----
> From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]On Behalf
> Of Jesse Sheidlower
> Sent: Friday, June 25, 2004 6:05 AM
> Subject: "fuck" in WashPost
> Followers of vulgarity may be interested to see that today's
> Washington Post includes the word "fuck" printed in full,
> with no dashes or asterisks, on page A4. The article concerns
> our Vice President's use of the term in the Senate:

Note that the article also uses "F-word," reserving "fuck" for the direct

A similar editorial policy regarding "fuck" is Daily Variety's. They use
"F-word" except in direct quotes when they print the unexpurgated word.

"The bureau decided that U2 front man Bono's use of the F-word on the Golden
Globes last year was not indecent, so NBC stations that aired it were not
forced to pay any fines.

"'This is really, really fucking brilliant,' Bono exclaimed after receiving
an award."

(Daily Variety, 15 January 2004, p. 8.)

--Dave Wilton
  dave at wilton.net

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