Using Profanity In College Essays

Using Profanity In College Essays-43
And if you do you are more likely to be taken seriously, because you sound more educated. There's a big difference between using an expletive, and quoting an expletive.Yes, if you are writing dialog in a novel, there are cases where in real life the character would use vulgar language. I would strongly advise against the former in an essay, but the latter is a quite different situation --it's reportage, not usage.I then explain that the environmental NGO's strategies of ad campaigns are not effective because when people are struggling day to day trying to make ends meet, they couldn't care less about the future because they are so distracted by the present, myopic, if you will.

And if you do you are more likely to be taken seriously, because you sound more educated. There's a big difference between using an expletive, and quoting an expletive.Yes, if you are writing dialog in a novel, there are cases where in real life the character would use vulgar language. I would strongly advise against the former in an essay, but the latter is a quite different situation --it's reportage, not usage.I then explain that the environmental NGO's strategies of ad campaigns are not effective because when people are struggling day to day trying to make ends meet, they couldn't care less about the future because they are so distracted by the present, myopic, if you will.

My question to you guys is this: Is using expletives appropriate?

Even if I am quoting an individual and the quotation itself fits within the purview of my argument.

A word on citability: I do not know what kind of essay you write, and the APA style is applied to all kinds of writing that is not academic in the strictest sense, but nevertheless you must consider the following criteria before you include a citation in your writing (from Wikipedia): In academic writing, only peer reviewed sources are citable.

You probably don't have to go that far, but taking a minute to understand how the peer review process works and what purpose it serves will give you an insight that will help you more critically consider your own sources.

You might even want to try that just to see if the citation is actually necessary: if a paraphrased version no longer feels informative, then probably the citation itself is only interesting to you because it contains that one vulgar word, and you should drop it.

It would strongly advise against replacing words in a citation.

Another option would be "[defecate]" -- the square brackets indicate a substitution or addition.

If Bruce Wayne is talking about his good friend Clark, he may say "Clark is the best at karaoke, his voice is super!

If it's an essay intended for publication in a prestigious academic journal, probably not. I read an article by a film critic once in which he said -- quoting from memory, not an exact quote -- "No one has ever said, That could have been a good movie, but they just didn't use the f-word enough." There are people who are offended by vulgar language, and who will quit reading when the vulgarity reaches a level that exceeds their tolerance.

No one will quit reading because the level of vulgarity is too low.

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