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!!
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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
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@#$.
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.