Spawned from the 'Certain Words' thread, I was amazed that people really thought that using what is deemed to be 'classicly foul language' could enhance a story, even if it can't be posted here. * Me, I just don't see it. Nothing will pull me out of the GFFA faster than an explosion of 'earth terminology'. This applies to Any character in any situation. Luke, if he used profanity would most likely become a connisure of the Tatooine equivalent of bar soap, given his upbringing. Han Solo is a smuggler, yet hearing him utter the 'F' word would yank me back to earth faster than you can say '98% pure'. From Anakin to the NJO and beyond are pilots at war, yet once again, I refer you to the 'So pure it floats' train of thought. Pulling this from the other thread. Insted of relying on profanity to add power to your words, try a different approach. I had a difficult time while wring one scene in a recent story. One of the characters is aiming to verbaly smack another but even if I COULD use the profanity that came to mind, it would have cheapened the story. Insted, I found this wording to be much more effective... Gris had spoken to her, and Kampher, who had been captivated by merely seeing her again, was shocked into silence at her words. Surely she had misheard... "Perhaps I should rephrase that," Gris said smoothly, not turning around. "I asked you which one had bedded you, or perhaps was it both?" The reader knows almost exactly what Gris said, but phrasing it in that way, "Perhaps I should rephrase that," Gris said smoothly, not turning around. "I asked you which one had bedded you," sounds so much better narratively than having the character say "Which one did you ****?" It's not a matter of appealing to a more mature audiance and people who have ventured into my 'off board' versions of chapters will know for a fact that I don't have issues with things like 'mature themes' such as descriptive lovemaking, (homosexual and hetrosexual inclusive) yet I think there is a differeance between writing 'for adults' and gratuitous earth swearing. *For the full list of 'forbiddon off colour language' see the FAQ in the Forum lists in the banner/header.