Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Four-letter words

As I have long maintained, there is a definite place in even the most elevated discourse for the bluntest four-letter vocabulary. Indeed, often when we Bowdlerize the discourse we distort the meaning of our assertions unto falsity. It becomes like a bad translation. Thus, for instance, if we said that John McCain had called his wife Cindy "bitch" in public, we would wholly conceal the depth of his indiscretion and something very importantly telling about his character. Similarly, when we or our candidates or our journalists refrain from calling a candidate the liar he or she manifestly is, we abet their deceptions, and disserve our fellow citizens. Civility is then chief paving material in the road to Hell.


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