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To think that people shouldn't use the *F* word on Mumsnet

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Mulanmum Wed 29-Oct-08 11:20:29

No doubt a bunch of smart alecs are going to tell me to F* off but ...

Why do some MNetters feel the need to use obscene language on here? Are they too inarticulate to express themselves without foul language? I started a thread on another topic, moving along nicely then a prolific poster told us to "all f* off". Why do that on a forum that is set up primarily to be friendly and supportive?

Just leave the foul language off MumsNet.

SqueakyPop Wed 29-Oct-08 11:22:06

yanbu. Thankfully, there is the hide button.

sagacious Wed 29-Oct-08 11:22:07

Oh I love the F word

Gordon Ramseys scrummy

OrmIrian Wed 29-Oct-08 11:22:10

Sorry you were upset mulanmum.

If it had been me I'd have objected to the sentiments, not the language.

hercules1 Wed 29-Oct-08 11:23:35

saying f off isnt nice but this is an website for adults and I wouldnt want swearing to be policed. Being personally insulting is against mumsnet etiquette though.

CombustiblePumpkin Wed 29-Oct-08 11:23:43

Oh please.


Ickle fluffy bunnies


hercules1 Wed 29-Oct-08 11:24:02

Now using text speak is a whole other issue.....

nickytwooootimes Wed 29-Oct-08 11:24:17

I think there is a place for swearing.
Many articulate people do swear.

Btw, I would never swear at someone on here or in RL, but often use it as an expletive when i am particularly stressed.

Mum2OliverJames Wed 29-Oct-08 11:25:07

i agree, i hate people swearing!

i also hate the word gob grin

Saturn74 Wed 29-Oct-08 11:26:31

I've never really bought the old "are they too inarticulate to express themselves without foul language?" line.

I'm quite articulate, innit.

And sometimes I use my gigantic brain to decide that a jolly good "fuck", "twat" or "bollocks" is just what the doctor ordered, in terms of word selection.

nickytwooootimes Wed 29-Oct-08 11:27:07

Exactly, HC.

Mum2OliverJames Wed 29-Oct-08 11:27:53

i wondered how long it would before someone said it!

Mum2OliverJames Wed 29-Oct-08 11:28:32

6 mins 2 seconds

AMumInScotland Wed 29-Oct-08 11:28:57

I think that as this is a forum for adults, we should be allowed to use swear words if we want to - I don't use a lot of them, but sometimes I do swear, in real life and in posts.

But telling people to "f**k off" is rude in a way that the word itself isn't.

more Wed 29-Oct-08 11:29:02

Is his name not Gordon Ramsay?

Habbibu Wed 29-Oct-08 11:29:03

The idea that swearing is a sign of inarticulacy or limited vocabulary is a fallacy - see Bad Language by Peter Trudgill and Lars Gunnar-Anderson for v. interesting discussion. The sentiment of "fuck off" may be unnecessarily aggressive or lighthearted, depending on the context. The language itself is pretty neutral, and part of the conversational usage of many adults. I'd criticise agression, not lexis, personally.

nickytwooootimes Wed 29-Oct-08 11:29:37

Personally, I think that was pretty restrained, mtoj! wink

nickytwooootimes Wed 29-Oct-08 11:30:50

<applauds Habbibu>
WIsh i could have siad that.

<wanders off feeling thick>

wheresthehamster Wed 29-Oct-08 11:31:02

I don't use it in real life (well, not much) so this is my 'outlet'.

Although the first time I saw scaryfucker's name I did a double take.

Mum2OliverJames Wed 29-Oct-08 11:31:54

yeah it was, i was just wondering how long it would be before they stopped dancing around the word by using f* or the like!

i knew it wouldnt be long grin

Mulanmum Wed 29-Oct-08 11:32:50

Yes, it is a forum for adults - hence there's no need to swear!

There is a place for swearing (agreed) just don't think Mumsnet is the place for it.

Grow up.

hercules1 Wed 29-Oct-08 11:33:42

Since when did swearing become something adults shouldn't do in teh company of other adults?

kormAaaarrrggghhhchameleon Wed 29-Oct-08 11:34:05

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Habbibu Wed 29-Oct-08 11:34:53

But you're assuming it's juvenile to swear, and that's your opinion, not fact. You may not like it - there are words I don't like - "boobs" for example (don't know why) - but I don't think people should not be allowed to say them in an informal context.

Saturn74 Wed 29-Oct-08 11:35:01

Mum2OliverJames, my point is that I don't agree that all people who use the word "fuck" are inarticulate.

It would have therefore been rather pointless if I had then bought into using the silly "f*" substitute.

Great use of your stopwatch though.

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