Can't say "hell"?


#1

I attempted to write:
“Your creating your own hell.” (h-e-l-l)

… and had to change it to:
“Your creating your own purgatory.”

Really ? We can’t say h-e-l-l, but can say purgatory ?

What about eternal damnation ? Hmmm… guess we can.


#20

Feck!
As they say in Ireland…
God knows those who transgress… Hell hath no fury like a forum scorned.
Hell’s Bells !
Whereas “Hells Bells” just supports bad grammar !!
What “twat” chose the forbidden list ?
To some that allowed word is a much worse word… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twat
Although “Robert Browning” famously used it [inadvertently] in his poem “Pippa Passes” !


#21

According to Dante they are quite different places…

I am not a friend of expletives in writing, but I am rather surprised that there is a list of forbidden words. Is it a new feature? It is not long ago that I protested to someone using the f*** word so any kind of automatic censorship was not at place then.

I would prefer good manners to censorship. I too say unprintable things (in Finnish) if I hit my thumb with a hammer, but I prefer that other people don’t hear.

Anssi


#22

@DanRathbun, what the he// are saying that for anyway…
john


#23

Can we still say Scunthorp.


#24

I think ‘Autodesk’ should be the only ‘censored’ word…


#25

I thought they said “fook!”


#26

Well…in Bahston, they frequently say Faahk!


#27

Only if they can’t get scrod!


#28

Huh… I live a 30min drive from Hell… (H​​e​l​l) have to pass by it every time I travel to and from the airport. You could say I go through H​​e​l​l and back every time I travel.

It’s not that of an exciting place - and it does freeze over every winter - but I see no reason for banning it’s utterance.


#29

Oh dear! In my book, the worse transgression is “YOUR” instead of the correct contraction “YOU’RE” for YOU ARE!


#30

Or…
Who would of thought it ?
For…
Who would have thought it ?


#31

Unfortunately, fighting grammatical and spelling errors is a hopeless battle in the face of online casual language. It do drive me nuts, but whut kin ya do?


#32

The death-penalty for poor grammer ?
[I had to retype that because my AutoHotKeys exe automatically fixed it to ‘*grammar*’ as I typed]

There are now built-in browser-based spell-checkers and other readily available free tools to correct common typos and poor grammar, so if you use English then there’s little excuse - if English is not your first language then Google Translate etc will help…]

Back to the OP… the issue is WHO is the Censor ?
Who decides what we can and can’t say ?
Seems to me that mild expletives are forbidden whilst others are allowed, and dual-meaning words like jerk in “knee_jerk [but not knee-jerk] reaction” are verboten…


#33

I attempted to write:
“Your creating your own hell.” (h-e-l-l)

… and had to change it to:
“Your creating your own purgatory.”

Really ? We can’t say h-e-l-l, but can say purgatory ?

What about eternal damnation ? Hmmm… guess we can.


#34

It is not the words alone. Usually they are also used in a sense that is meant to offend. ThomThom is the only person here to whom one can say “go to H____” and he only asks “Why?”

Anssi


#35

@Anssi I agree - and the converse is also true: a poster can get flagged and dinged by a moderator for using an offensive tone even if there is no foul language involved. As stated in your earlier post, good manners and the moderation/flagging system ought to suffice. We don’t want this forum to degenerate into something akin to today’s movies, but sometimes a four-letter word is harmless or even humorous.


#36

Yes - stop telling all people you don’t like to move closer to where I live!

+1e10


#37

Perkele! 18…19…oh jumalauta http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33o32C0ogVM


#38

Just the thing to say when you hit your toe to a table leg…

Anssi