Re: Let the Blogging Recommence! (Score: 1)
posted Monday, December 29, 2008 - 06:54 AM (#46359
In my own webcomic [nettserier.no] (which, though maintaining a pretty dark tone and requiring its readers to know lots of pop culture references from the eighties and early nineties, I want to keep cuss-free), I invented the cuss "goat cheese" (it looks better in Norwegian, I swear). I use it exactly as I would have used frak or smeg, and I find it strange how GREAT the word is for my purpose. When the protagonist is silently thinking "Goat cheese" after slipping on a banana peel, you just KNOW it's a swear, plus it helps me humour up the more serious strips -- I'm trying to find a way to make people laugh in every strip, but my storylines include monsters, horror and deaths of loved ones. That's not very funny, really. By inserting a cuss replacement, I have the element of giggle I need to serve everybody: When the protagonist's five-year-old daughter is found dead, and he proclaims "Goat cheese. Goat cheese. GOAT CHEESE!", it's the perfect way of giving those of my readers who come only for the laughs what they want while at the same time not making the situation any less serious in-continuity, since goat cheese is my universe's equivalent of the F word and my character thus can say it, while shedding a tear, without breaking character.
Cuss replacements are severely underestimated.
Oooh, and I loved what they did in Firefly, which had real cussing, and the pretty dirty kind too, but it was all in Chinese. I think that must be my favorite cuss replacement technique EVER.