Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Bike Blogs and The Bad Word
You might say, "Hey lady, don't read it then!" I agree. I could stop following those blogs altogether. But—and this is the crux of my rationale—there are a few authors that I highly respect for their content, who reside in interesting locales and I would like to know more about biking in those communities. It's those particular blogs that occasionally use bad language, and I don't quite understand their reasoning. Because of one vile word, they've slipped one rung on my blog ladder.
In conversation, it's natural (for some) to let fly a raunchy word or two, but in writing there's no excuse. The authors are obviously well educated. Why stoop so low when English is filled with such colorful, psychedelic, brilliant, lustrous synonyms?
These same writers have also become role models as a result of their popularity. That alone should be enough to clean up their "mouth", or—at the very least—eradicate that singular (and I'm only identifying one here) dirty, sullied, vulgar word.
It doesn't take much to broaden your vocabulary - think Thesaurus.com or the paper edition of The Synonym Finder, which I've found is an invaluable asset. I'm not perfect either, but at least I aim to show my slice of bike life with honesty, clarity, and hopefully, integrity.
*Pardon my rant. I pondered this topic for two months before deciding that it needed to be said..
Graphic used from Ramona Creel.com. She has an interesting take on what's appropriate (in conversation) and what's not, an entirely different viewpoint from my own.