Have some class

Posted 9/11/19

Permit me to introduce you and your editorial staff to the asterisk. The asterisk (*) is a symbol used in printed material to represent, among other things, omitted letters or words. It is …

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

E-mail
Password
Log in

Have some class

Posted

Permit me to introduce you and your editorial staff to the asterisk. The asterisk (*) is a symbol used in printed material to represent, among other things, omitted letters or words. It is particularly useful in preventing obscenities from appearing on Page A1 above the fold, as happened in your Sept. 4 edition’s coverage of the ill-fated vessel Bertie. Examples of how to use an asterisk in this instance include, “Holy s***” or, “Holy shi*” or, “Holy *hit” or, “Holy *hi*” or, “Holy s*i*” or even “Holy ****.” As you can see, it affords tremendous creativity for the writer while preventing a publication from sinking to CNN levels of boorishness.

Scott Hogenson
Port Ludlow

Comments

3 comments on this story | Please log in to comment by clicking here
Please log in or register to add your comment
Justin Hale

Holy siht also works.

Wednesday, September 11
Tom Camfield

I have noticed larger newspapers using the word when quoting another source, but I don't find it used freely throughout the news in an unnecessary way.

Wednesday, September 11
Dawn mohrbacher

I like a good holy chit It was anrather stupif article anyhoo....

Thursday, September 12