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September 2, 2008


OK I've gotta get semi-serious here for a hot minute.

People curse in real life. And people curse even more on blogs. But Midnight Sun is a family-friendly blog. That means, I can't publish posts or comments with dirty nasty words in them. 

For a while, I've been replacing the dirty nasty words in your comments with funny ones. But it's starting to get old. So, please self-edit a little bit. Get creative. Have fun with it! Just don't curse.



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Posted by Sam Sessa at 6:57 AM | | Comments (10)


Yeah, what do you all think this is? The CityPaper?

[expletive deleted]


Get real, while you have a blog your going to have moderate, if you truly want to keep it "family-friendly".

What does "family-friend" mean as you use it? Most of these post concern the variable desireablity of establishments that to get the most benefit from, if not admission, require one to be legal age.

Where do you draw the line between profane bad taste and prudish bowlderization?
Where on the continuum between George Carlin and Disney?

No no, this is good. See GDA, usually when you'd make a response like that, I could simply say something along the lines of, "eat it, you friggin' weirdo."

whereas now, with my vast lexicon having to shine, i can say, "Resign not thy day gig, thou currish, base-court, canker-blossom. this it totally way better.


These exchanges, as always, are a pure and undiluted joy, if not a blessing.

Shakespeare would be most appreciative at your progress in speaking the Queen’s English, Elizabeth the First. It is also most gratifying that your active vocabulary is being fortified by such a magnificent lexicon. Do continue your studies.

Regarding that original pesky posting above, our host Sam wishes that future post don’t require his censuring and editing. I believe his requesting the extraordinary, any adherence will mostly be short lived, possibly because other people may not be in agreement with his criteria. If family-friendly is a concern, should young eyes be permitted to view “friggin'“, because the word it is a stand in for?

Now, while you thumb through that most excellent before you, I guess I’ll need to sharpen my square peg in anticipation of drafting any rejoinders to your next posted effort.


oh there's no question about you being a square! (da dunh tizzzzz)

in all seriousness though, i feel "friggin'" is an acceptable replacement. otherwise it starts a slippery slope situation where anything reminiscent of a vulgar context would be scrutinized. "darn it" could just as easily be nixed, for it essentially being the soccer mom version of "the other d word". just as well for "[excrement]" being reduced to "that thing that comes out of me on the john", just because it has again, a more vulgar cousin.

i'm a very big supporter of free speech, however i can also see the use in censorship. while that might sound like an oxymoron, i've always felt that it's up to the speaker to determine if he/she really wants to exercise their free speech rights. just because you can, doesn't necessarily mean you should. you can yell "fire" in a movie theater, or wear that sign that bruce wilis had to wear in Die Hard 3, but there will always be consequences for speech.

why don't you two [call] each other, have a drink and move on.


I take it the midget wrestling post offended someone as it is now among the missing.

GDA, I'm not sure I know what you mean. I searched for it, and it looks like it's still there. Here's the link:

I stand corrected, I thought it was a much more recent post.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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