What is this shit?

My latest column in the Malaysia Star is about the word “shit.” This paragraph is the key one:

[Shit] is, I believe, ready to be heard unbleeped (uncensored) on the government-regulated airwaves in America. It is also ready to be printed in mainstream periodicals without fear of outrage, without being remarked upon, or without being subjected to the institutional neutering by limp-spirited editors who, though they avow that they themselves see no problem with the word, claim that a vague mass of others would most certainly take offence.

Posted December 3, 2008

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