(This is a continuation of the local controversy surrounding the supposedly alternative--reminding us of how empty this concept is these days--publication's decision to censor the writings of its contributors. For the record we here at Dialogic do not find this amusing--we are offended by the tone and perspective of the author of this piece. It is not that we believe a publication doesn't have the right to put restrictions on the content it publishes, rather it is Nougat's posturing as Lexington's true alternative publication while at the same time attempting to court Lexington's monied elites through an attempt to erase any signs of unruly expression from the authors of Nougat. You can't do both... The reasoning stated for the new institution of these policies is that they mail the free publication to a Lexington neighborhood. For those outside the Lexington area, it is Chevy Chase, one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in town. The censor is worried that the residents may find offense and supposedly sue the publication. In reality the censor wishes to tap into wealthy patrons of the arts for profit and recognition. I have received reports of other angry and disgusted writers and editors who have quit because of the actions of this censor. The writers here at Dialogic would like to know what is this "reliable source" that the censor is relying on to develop this list of objectionable words? So what words are not acceptable for an ad-hungry, boot-licking, publisher...? If you make it to the bottom of this post I have left the phone# for Nougat and suggest that you call them up and offer suggestions of other words they should consider.)
Hi All! It seems we need to clarify the policy on profanity. Those of you who have been paying attention already know this so you can feel free to zone out. OR you may read on possibly finding this amusing... There are some words you may never have thought of before. I downloaded these from a reliable source. If you use your imagination, you will realize that variations on these would not be permitted either. So, if you are unaware, the following are considered obscenities and are not allowed in Nougat: (the asides are mine)
balls, unless referring to to baseballs, basketballs, cat toys and the like
beastial, unless referring to an actual beast
beaver, unless referring to a furry dam (not damn-building creature
with a large flat tail
bitch, unless referring to a female dog
christ, why does no one ever shout, "Buddah!"?
cobia, what is this?
damn, although I think damnation is sometimes appropriate
dick, unless you are referring to Richard in the diminutive.
dike, unless you are referring to a dam (not damn) like structure
dinks--another what the hell is this?
faggot, unless you are referring to firewood
fags, unless you are British referring to a cigarette
fuck, did you know this used to mean to plant corn?
jesus, unless referring to an historical or religious figure
jesus christ, see above
jew, unless you are referring to a native or descendant of Israel
mick, unless it is the name of someone
phuk, people will do anything to get around a prohibition....
screw, unless it refers to a piece of hardware--no not that kind...
slag, where I grew up this was gravel.
snatch, unless you are quickly grabbing something
Whew! Long list, but all words that have perfectly intelligent and
creative alternatives that I trust you will use. Thanks! Miki
George Carlin: Seven Dirty Words
George Carlin: On Language
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