So the use of the “f-word” in our blog has caused quite the stir. Hmmm… I guess it’s good to know that people read our rantings, but all the same, the criticism of our language cause me great consternation. Some folks are even oposed to the words “friggin’” or “freaking.”
Here’s an example of an email I received today:
“I love your cookies. I just went out of my way to schedule my coffee break at the New Seasons nearby so I could grab some of your cookies. I am over 50. Call me stuffy, but I’d really appreciate not having the f-word on your webpage. I’m just not sure why that’s appropriate. I’m of the age and experience that I don’t even like seeing friggin’ in writing. I know what it’s a substitute for. You might want to be sensitive to that kind of thing. I really cringe when I see those words in writing, and I know you wouldn’t use those words around little kids, so I’d love to not worry about seeing them on your webpage. Thanks for listening.”
After several posts of the opposite opinion, many of which used the f-word far more than I dreamed was humanly possible (remember that page in A Series of Unfortunate Events where Lemony Snicket uses the word “ever” about 500 times? If so, you’ll grasp my point) we’ve taken the advice of our dear friend (and regular customer) Sabine, and decided to hold a contest.
Drop the F-Bomb
Send us your suggestion for replacing this word that seems to ruffle so many cormorant-like feathers. The one we deem funniest, most creative, and most apropos as a replacement will be declared the winner. The former english lit major, closet novelist or smartass winning contestant will receive a $25 gift certificate to Two Tarts, and will have the pleasure of seeing the f-bomb replaced by said word or phrase throughout our entire blog, and in all future posts. Sorry, but those of you who are offended by the words “friggin” or “freaking” will need to get a grip and relax. We’re talking cookies here, not operational policy for the securities and exchange commission. (Hmmm, come to think of it, maybe if those folks were a little more real with us, our country might not be mired in this financial mess?)
Let’s Drop the Bomb! (Or should that be ‘Da Bomb?)
Entries due by midnight of April 30, 2010.