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Dave W.
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Posted - 03/28/2008 :  12:59:45  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A few days ago I wrote about Sheril Kirshenbaum and Chris Mooney having a cow over PZ Myers' use of the F-word. (Kirshenbaum has since updated her post to say that it's not that particular word she was offended by, but Mooney's comments regarding unacceptable language remain unqualified.)

J. J. Ramsey pointed to a simple Google search of ScienceBlogs for the word in question, but it's been my impression that more quantification is needed. I mean, commenter MH says that Google returns 1,750 results for just that one word, but if it's mostly one guy posting it, then perhaps Mooney's right about it being unacceptable for SciBloggers. More data is required, and you'll find it below, in the form of individual SciBlog searches for the word, along with a few transparent attempts to "hide" the word. The blogs are ranked according to the word's "abundance" according to Google (and ties are broken alphabetically):
  1. Pharyngula (260)

  2. Dispatches from the Culture Wars (213)

  3. Mike the Mad Biologist (47)

  4. Dr. Joan Bushwell's Chimpanzee Refuge (45)

  5. Effect Measure (38)

  6. Uncertain Principles (36)

  7. Respectful Insolence (27)

  8. Deltoid (22, ICBPB)

  9. Gene Expression (22)

  10. Laelaps (22)

  11. Dynamics of Cats (21)

  12. Good Math, Bad Math (21)

  13. Thus Spake Zuska (21)

  14. Greg Laden's Blog (17)

  15. Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted) (17)

  16. Aetiology (16, OIC)

  17. EvolutionBlog (16, OIC)

  18. Evolgen (14)

  19. A Blog around the Clock (10)

  20. Corpus Callosum (10)

  21. DrugMonkey (10)

  22. Aardvarchaeology (9)

  23. The Questionable Authority (9, OIC)

  24. Signout (8)

  25. The Intersection (7)

  26. Pure Pdeantry (7)

  27. The Scientific Activist (7)

  28. Adventures in Ethics and Science (6, OIC)

  29. The Scientific Indian (6)

  30. Stranger Fruit (6)

  31. The Frontal Cortex (5)

  32. Tetrapod Zoology (5)

  33. Denialism Blog (4, ICBPB)

  34. Mixing Memory (4)

  35. Stoat (4)

  36. Thoughts from Kansas (4)

  37. Afarensis (3)

  38. Cognitive Daily (3)

  39. The Daily Transcript (3)

  40. Evolving Thoughts (3, OIC)

  41. Framing Science (3, OIC)

  42. Green Gabbro (3)

  43. The Loom (3, OIC)

  44. Neurotopia v 2.0 (3)

  45. Sciencewomen (3, OIC)

  46. Terra Sigillata (3)

  47. The World's Fair (3)

  48. A Good Poop (2)

  49. The Island of Doubt (2)

  50. Molecule of the Day (2, OIC)

  51. Neurophilosophy (2, OIC)

  52. Shifting Baselines (2)

  53. Voltage Gate (2)

  54. Angry Toxicologist (1, OIC)

  55. Bioephemera (1)

  56. Chaotic Utopia (1, ICBPB)

  57. Deep-Sea News (1, OIC)

  58. Developing Intelligence (1, OIC)

  59. A Few Things Ill Considered (1)

  60. Highly Allochthonous (1, OIC)

  61. Page 3.14 (1, OIC)

  62. Zooillogix (1, OIC)

  63. Discovering Biology in a Digital World (0)

  64. Intel ISEF (0)

  65. Not Exactly Rocket Science (0)

  66. Of Two Minds (0)

  67. The Quantum Pontiff (0)

  68. Science to Life (0)

  69. See Jane Compute (0)

  70. Speaking Science 2.0 (0)
Now, "OIC" stands for "Only In Comments," in which case the word exists, but hasn't been written in a blog post or otherwise by the blogger. "ICBPB" stands for "In Comments By Principal Blogger," meaning that while he/she doesn't seem to have used the word in a post, he/she feels free to use it in the comments to one of his/her own posts. The links above go to examples where they exist.

Only eight of the seventy SciBlogs (11%) are F-word free according to Google. Another 16 (23%) are brought low by commenters only. That leaves the other 46 SciBloggers (66%) apparently comfortable with dropping (or quoting) F-bombs on their blogs (including Sheril Kirshenbaum and Chris Mooney at #25).

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Posted - 03/28/2008 :  13:37:25   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit marfknox's Homepage  Send marfknox an AOL message Send marfknox a Private Message  Reply with Quote
One of my favorite episodes of Penn and Teller's Bullshit is "Profanity," especially the scene in this clip where Penn translates the meaning of "Shit" followed by laughter in a particular context.

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Posted - 03/28/2008 :  14:40:55   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Chippewa's Homepage Send Chippewa a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by marfknox

One of my favorite episodes of Penn and Teller's Bullshit is "Profanity,"...

That's good advise from Penn & Teller. Here's a short clip of George Carlin's say on this.

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