Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Wacky Wednesday Writers Guest Post By: MommiFried

    I absolutely ADORE today's WWW guest!! Please welcome Crystal Ponti of  MommiFried! I've been following Crystal's blog for quite some time now, but it wasn't until she invited me to contribute to her book, Mother Of All Meltdowns (a humorous collection of essays from funny mothers sharing their finest meltdown moments) that I got to know her through email contact and Facebook. I love the diversity found on her blog---some days she posts mouth-watering recipes ( I started checking in regularly after making one of her crockpot dishes that was a HUGE success with my family) and other days you'll find her humorous essays that will leave you laughing right along with her.
     Crystal is by far THE BUSIEST blogger I've ever met! Not only does she post regularly on MommiFried, she is also a contributing writer for What The Flicka, the editor and publisher of Mother Of All Meltdowns and more recently, the founder of Blue Lobster Book Co. (a full-service, self-publishing boutique). Crystal describes herself as having a "brain in constant hyper mode," and nothing could be more true. I've seen this incredibly talented woman in action and let me tell you, she doesn't let the grass grow under her feet. With a husband and a houseful of children, she could give the Energizer bunny a run for his money. She's brimming with ideas, enthusiasm and energy, which is why I admire her more than she knows!!
     Please welcome this special lady to my blog today and give her lots of comment love---or maybe just a big mug of coffee since she apparently never sleeps!


What’s wrong with the F-word?

I often tell my friends and family that I’m a strong believer in the F-word being legalized. It’s such an effectively colorful word for so many situations. And it’s a major stress reliever. If more people said f@#k there would certainly be less grumpiness in the world. Less grumpiness leads to higher productivity, decreased rates of sickness, improved economies, fewer wrinkles—all sorts of good stuff.

But noooooooo. We’ve been taught that the F-word is among the most sinister of all curse words. Saying it causes us to look unclassy, unintelligent, immature, unprofessional, without control, and so on and so forth. I think it’s a perfectly useful word. I think we’re ridiculous as a society to have even created a class of words deemed “unacceptable to say.” Who exactly decided the F-word should be considered vulgar? I mean, what happened? Did a Neanderthal randomly blurt out this expression after repeatedly trying to start a fire? Did his hairy buddy sitting alongside quickly chastise him for it?

F@#$ this stick and stone! I’m f@#$ing done man!"

Oh my ‘lantis, Charlie! You’re so angry, that had to be a bad word!”

I’ve done a really good job on my blog (and elsewhere in the net universe) not dropping the F-word – mainly out of respect for my mother who could show up at any moment unannounced (Hi Ma!) There have been countless times, however, when I have wanted to use the word for emphasis, to show how I was truly feeling.

Now I don’t think replacing every adjective, noun, and pronoun with f@#$ is necessary. I’m just saying, let’s loosen up a bit. It’s not blasphemy or the end of the world when someone uses the
expression.

There was even a guy with this last name. According to administrative records, a John le F@#$er lived in 1278 somewhere in the vicinity of London. Yep. You know le F@#$er must have received a ton of dirty looks back then. I mean, can you imagine?

Hello, Sir. I’m le F@#$er who lives up the street. Would you mind moving your buggy from my front yard?”

But seriously, how many people would stroke out if you walked up to them today and said, “I’m Chris le F@#$er. Nice to meet you.”

Okay. I’m going a bit over the line now. I just think we need to reconsider our usage of certain words and the interpretation that we are damned to eternal hell for using them. I consider myself to be a respectable woman of above-average intelligence and I say F@#$.

A lot.

BIO:

Crystal Ponti is the founder of Blue Lobster Book Co., a full-service, self-publishing boutique. Before launching her own business, she worked for many years in community management, working for and consulting with some of the largest sites in the world including Answers.com and Google. Prior to working at Answers, she spent a number of years as a business and marketing planning consultant helping entrepreneurs plan, launch, and grow their businesses. Since then, she has focused on book marketing. Most recently she served as Managing Editor, Contributing Author, and publisher of the book The Mother of All Meltdowns, a tell-all collection of moms’ finest (worst, completely awful) moments. She also blogs at MommiFried, an outlet for her creative writing and a way for her to share her later-in-motherhood experiences with all women and parents, and is a regular contributor to Felicity Huffman’s site What The Flicka? and Business 2 Community.

29 comments:

  1. So with you on this Crystal and I sued to once on my blog and one of my regular readers actually commented that she was shocked that I used it, but wasn't offended. I think it was more like you I go out of my way not to at all costs, but think we should reconsider at times if it is absolutely necessary for effect, but love your theory and wish that we could so legalize this word! :)

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    1. I've had a few people tell me that the reason they gave our book 4 stars was because the F-word was in there - twice! I guess we need a disclaimer next time. :)

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  2. OMGOSH I just left your blog, Crystal! I read about you on Tamara Wood's blog (missed the twitter party- BOO) and then went straight to your blog and played and played.....and then I come to Marcia and here you are! CAHrazy.
    Anyway, I don't think I could agree one iota more with this post - haha! I've been a fan and huge proponent of the F-word for as a long as I can remember. I don't always keep it off my blog, but I don't use it much after the hubs warned me that "more people are offended by that word than you think...blah blah blah" OKAY. I took it off the blog unless I REALLY needed it. Sometimes that's the only word that fits, though, amirite?
    IRL it seems to fit into about every other sentence. Oops. Once a sailor-mouth, always a sailor mouth.

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    1. I just worry about my mother. She'd have my hide! LOL Thanks for visiting!

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  3. It's like the ultimate punctuation mark--f*ck this! :)

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  4. Once apon a time my sweet 8 yr old was tattling on her 5 yr old cousin for saying the "F" word. (that's exactly what she said). It took some coaxing and reassuring that she would not get in trouble if she told us exactly what F word her younger cousin had used. While several adults sat listening she finally blurted out, "She said....[long pause, deep breath] fart."

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  5. HA HA HA! I always thought fart was F***'s little brother! That's too funny!

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  6. I always dreaded the day each year in Kindergarten, when we taught the letter "F". How odd does it sound as an adult to ask, "F? Does anyone have an 'F' word?" Even the five year olds giggled. I'd like to meet the person who deemed all of the swear words as "bad". I might have to kick him in the neck. When people use "Shoot, Darn it, Freak or Heck" I'm pretty sure we know what they're saying.
    I love that you're keepin' it clean for your mama. That rocks!

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    1. LOL I have to...she would remove me from earth. ;-) Thanks for reading, Michele!

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  7. LOVE having you here today, Crystal!

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    1. Thank you so much for having me! I loved being here! XOXO

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  8. lol interesting take but I won't be dropping fbombs on my blog just in real life. lol

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    1. I hear ya! I never use the full word and rarely use any replacement. My mother would disown me! Great to see you! :)

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  9. Oh my gosh soo funny... I know what you mean... I have great control when I need to but look out when I need to release a little tension.. it actually does feel good to say it sometimes... then I calm down ... lol

    I also don't believe in saying it non stop but there are times ... :)

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    1. A lady has to maintain her wits...90 percent of the time! :)

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  10. Thank you so much for you sweet comment on my blog Marcia... I appreciate the kindness... you made me smile ♡

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  11. I take offense that you used "Chris" as the name in your portrayal of using the F word!!! LOL I rather love the word, actually. You are SO right. There is nothing more gratifying than saying it LOUD AND CLEAR with 'ing' or 'er' or just plain F$@%$ F#$@ F$#% F%$#. It's just so... LIBERATING!!!!

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    1. Total stress reliever!!! How about John le F***er? LOL

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  12. Trust the man with f*#k in his name to be English - these are the kind of things for which we're famous!

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  13. I love the humor! I'm laughing while imagining this. I had fun reading. It made my day!

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    1. I'm so happy you enjoyed it, Kaelen! Thanks for reading! :)

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  14. Great post, Crystal. Our first novel had more than a few f-bombs but we tried to stay true with a seventeen year old's voice... and... well, Mathair and I have a rather colorful way of speaking in general. Yep, we're potty mouths. We are Southern first and foremost though, so we watch what we say when out and representing our writing team, but even then we'll slip a few times. LOL.

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    1. Thank you! Yep. Around here it sounds like a sailor convention most days. I try to be careful out and about, but Walmart has a way of pushing me over the edge! ;-)

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  15. Marcia AND Crystal in one place? And the F-bomb? Completely brilliant! I love the f-bomb myself. Love it. Of course, I don't use it in every post but yeah, I use it frequently. I also love it when people swear at work. Is that weird? Oh! My husband's step-mom's father, who is quite conservative, and over the age of 80 told us that f### and other words like that are not actually swearing. He says that the only real swear is G* D* so I don't say that one. I can be respectful and stuff, ya know? Love this, you two!

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    1. I never say GD either. Holy cow my gram would rise from her resting spot and have my hiney! LOL Thanks for visiting us Kristi!

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  16. I don't really see the big deal, it is just a word. Sometimes, it's just the emphasis needed to convey a thought or feeling. I try to be careful but sometimes, there is no other word that I can use that gets it across the way I want it across. Looks to me by the comment thread that you've made a good point!

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