I totally did not make up this word…but I like it. We have all blogged about cursing in our YA or MG manuscripts and whether it’s a moral issue or just perceived as bad taste, the battle rages on.
Reality versus Morality.
Kids curse whether you hear them or not. Now what they say might not be all bad and maybe it could be better if you gave them choices.
When my son was little we went through the phase of screaming ‘Tartar Sauce’ or ‘Crabby Patties’ when something landed on our foot or some beasty ate someone on an episode of Buffy. Thank you, SpongeBob.
I personally am a fan of the ridiculous so I might be heard to say ‘Holy Hannibel’ or ‘Mariska Hargitay’, or occasionally…one of those other bad ones. I’m only human.
So the real question is…not whether I am using way to many ellipses in this post or whether you allow your characters to curse or not but rather when you do, are you creative enough to give them options? And if so…what are they?
And that, my friends, is the Word.