The C-word. If you don’t like swearing, don’t read…

Posted: September 14, 2011 in Publishing

Feedback for Malice in Blunderland has been really good. So much that the people’s at Cutting Edge Press wanted an extra 10,000 words. So while developing the plot and refining the stupidity, it was given out to a select few in the industry to read, as it as been causing quite a few raised eyebrows and murmurs. One woman said, “Do you have to swear quite so much?” Fucking yes, it is how I and my peers talk. To be fair, the book wasn’t aimed at her, she wasn’t it’s audience.

“Even the C word?” She said. The very fact she couldn’t bring herself to say the word, highlights my point, and one she will never get.

It is one of my favourite words. A brutal and honest word. Germaine Greer has said that “it is one of the few remaining words in the English language with a genuine power to shock”. I also feel it’s DNA is a very male one. Once us guys called the theme park area of a woman, the ‘Cunny’ way back in the 1600’s. But as with most things male, we fucked everything, spread disease and blamed it on women, and changed the word to cunt, and called women it as an insult. But its still just a word. Us guys often use it as a positive qualifier “Ah, he’s a funny cunt that Josh.”
It is though, just a word. A good word though, and one full of emotion. In an argument, you call someone a cunt, you’ve won. You can’t top the C-word.
I believe it’s power is in that it is short and to the point. A balled up fist makes less noise, but hurts a lot more than a big open hand slap! We as a people seem to have developed a system of changing words to soften the impact. Toilet Paper has become Bathroom Tissue. If you were to use Google translate on toilet paper, in any language, you would know it was paper for wiping your ass on. Do the same with Bathroom tissue, the answer makes no sense. There is no logic to Bathroom Tissue. We also have a clandestine habit of adding syllables to desensitize and surgically remove any emotion from the meaning of the words. Once you had the poor, living in slums. Each once syllable, and to the point, like a blade to your heart. You emote to it. They have power. Now though, you shouldn’t say Poor people in Slums, you have to say ‘The Economically Disadvantaged in Substandard Accommodation’. What, the fuck does that mean? You don’t emote to it, its cold. Like poor and slum, cunt has power.

As for swearing, why is it so bad to swear and say things like fuck? Yet people say “Work was torture today”. Or “Traffic was murder…” I don’t know about you, but as bad as I am at fucking, I’m pretty sure it would be better than murder or torture. Swearing has it’s place, and yes, I swear a lot. My book isn’t Jane Austin. In Pride and Prejudice, Elizibeth asked “If a woman is partial to a man, and does not endeavour to conceal it, must he find it out?” Well, today, on the streets where I live that question would be “Does he know I really want to fuck him?” It’s all just words, so don’t hate me because I swear, or write shock fiction. You don’t have to read it. She could tell by the cover the flavour of the book, it has my smashed up face on it and subversive text, she should have been honest and said “You know, this isn’t my kind of thing, where is my Dr. Zeus.” And don’t give me that ‘You can’t judge a book by it’s cover’, yes you can, that’s what its for. If there are people fucking on it, its porn.

Words we use are our tool, and we are all trying to reach out and touch the child inside all of us. I say, lets all get together in a field and get our tools out. Your tool my be bigger than mine, but I would still like to see it, and have your tool in my mouth. Then we can touch each others children.

No, wait, does that sounds really bad?

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