Nancy L. Meek

PROFANITY PROFANED

no, don’t tell me ‘bout it… i don’t wanna know…
i don’t wanna read the actual words which they used to express their feelings…
if you tell me how it really was, it will just upset me…
maybe it’s better if you simply keep some things to yourself…
i will be offended…
you’ll draw a bigger market if you delete those words…
man, the critics are gonna eat you alive!…
there must be some other way to explain what they really said…
i have sensitive ears…
you don’t have to use them to make people understand…
because everybody will know what you meant…
just imagine what your friends/family/children etc. will think of you…
if your mother knew what you were doing, she would roll over in her grave…
it turns my stomach to even hear such language…
children shouldn’t be exposed to that…
well, in my book, it is just plumb disgusting to say the least…
it is too shocking…
nobody will want to read it with all those cuss words in there…
if it was me, i would just figure out a way to leave it to the readers’ imaginations…
i cringe whenever i even hear such words…
the final decision is up to you…
the use of language like that just shows how stupid some people are…
there’s no way i would ever buy a book like that…
do you HAVE to use such language?…
forget it man…… it will never sell…
it just gets my goat to hear people talk like that…
sure, i’ve said a few bad words in my lifetime…
but i’ve never used “THAT” word…… you know the one I mean…
are you sure you’re not just simply embellishing…
you know… to spice up the dialogue?…
but, hey, do what you want, man…
after all, you’re the one who’s got to live with the flack…
look, man, don’t let my opinion influence you,
but if i were you, i’d make my readers happy…
some don’t bother me in the least,
but there are some words which just turn me off completely…
you know, of course, that if you don’t delete them,
you will be opening yourself up to a lot of criticism…
gee, i hope you know what you are doing…
is all that profanity REALLY necessary?…
can’t you just leave some of the worst ones out?…
they will take away from the story…
it’s your decision, but don’t expect me to read/buy/recommend it…
it’s left entirely up to you, man…
why ruin a good story? Cut ‘em out, i say…
they will distract the reader…
i would NEVER allow MY child to read such trash!…
it just makes me want to throw up…
but no matter what you decide, i will always be an avid fan of yours…
garbage in, garbage out!…

so what… if you told your buddies that when (or if) you returned home, the world would hear the truth about Vietnam and what really happened over there… what it was really like. I mean, all the ones who made it back already know what it was like over there. And the ones who didn’t make it back… well, they don’t really care now, do they? After all, they are dead.

but…… do what you want to do. Nobody can stop you. It’s “your” story.

So, tell me, pal… how was it… EXACTLY WHAT DID HAPPEN… over there?
I want to hear it all. Go ahead, tell me. Whatever you want to talk about, I can take it. Just spit it out. How did the war really affect you?

Oops! Well, would you look at the time! Sorry, pal, but I gotta go now. But, hey, any time you feel like just talking, ol’ buddy, just give me a holler… I’m here to listen to your story.

What’s that you say? Whadya mean by that… “Yeah, right???” What kind of response is that… right about what? Hey, I don’t get it, man. What is your problem? Hey, where are you going? Come on back, man. Let’s talk. Whatever it was I said that pissed you off, man, I apologize, okay? I said I would listen… and I really meant that! Look, whatever it is that’s bothering you, I want to help! After all, I’m your friend!… Remember?!

“Yeah, right. Fuck you, man.”

What??!! What did I say, bro?! Man, shit! Can someone please tell me what it was I said that was so god-awful wrong?!!