Teenagers swear, fact. And actually, as someone who fits into the category of YA, the language people my age use is pretty vulgar. Using three completely unrelated but all rather offensive words for no other reason than that you've dropped your phone is quite commonplace. But, for some reason, there's hardly any swearing in YA books, or at least the ones I've read. "Bloody Hell" and "Crap" come up a lot, but that's not exactly what I'm on about here. As far as I'm concerned, swearing in YA books is not going to make the readers' language more vulgar. I'm asking this because I'm writing a YA novel at the moment and have really been wanting to put swearing into it, but have stopped myself. I'm not wanting to do it for the hell of it, but because my characters (both teenage and adult) find themselves in some pretty dire situations and "oh darn we do seem to be in a bit of a pickle" isn't what, realistically, these people would be saying. I'm not wanting to put really offensive language in, but I think a "holy sh*t" from time to time would be beneficial. So, yeah, problems. Thoughts?