Can I have your ideas on the use of swear words in these forums? I notice a lot of writers use stars to 'bleep out' what they're saying, which makes me cringe. It breaks up the flow of the piece, for me - I'd rather not see them swearing at all. That being said, I know there are a lot of younger readers on this site and people have to be careful - then again, I've read submissions with plenty of sex and violence in them, definitely 15 if not 18 certificate, so I'm confused! I subscribe to Writers Forum magazine, which takes submissions from all ages. Quite often, the 'f' word is used (although not gratuitously - just here and there, to spice up the text a bit) and it's always printed in full. And you'll never see bleep stars in published literature - it just isn't allowable. Some magazines (especially womens' weeklies) substitute milder cursing for the bad stuff (although 'flamin' and flippin' are just as cringeworthy as bleep stars, in my opinion) I haven't seen any bad swearing on this site, so I was just wondering - what goes? Would 'bloody' be acceptable, for example? Or the full version of 'p****d'? (Ouch!) NB Terry Pratchett uses every swear word EXCEPT the most vulgar ('f' and 'c') ones in his books - it doesn't upset the narrative or our secondary school librarians!