What is @#$%! Everett’s mom publishes swear dictionary
EVERETT — If you’re going to swear, do it right.
What’s up with that?
Erika M. Weinert, 42, is the author of “Cursing with Style,” a reference book on so-called “bad” words. Many cannot be printed in this journal, so you will see asterisks replacing the letters in some words in this story.
Like abso-f***ing-lutely, the first dissected word in the book.
Weinert, a copy publisher who does business as The Werd Nerd, spent about $1,000 publishing the expletive dictionary.
“Cursing with Style” started out as a spreadsheet she made for herself as a guide because of the time spent researching how to properly use swear words she encountered while editing fictional copy. She figured it would be handy for other wordsmiths. She also edits texts for luxury home magazines with pretty words.
The book costs $14.95 on Amazon.
“If a manuscript you write or edit is littered with shit, shit, shit and shit, this book is for you,” he says (without the ***) in the introduction.
It defines more than 100 words, from A to W.
Each word receives a page synopsis with “Part of Speech”, “Definition” and “Remarks”.
The pronunciation is not listed.
“Everyone knows how to pronounce all these words,” she said.
Weinert learned a few new words, just like you.
S***balls is his favorite word.
“It just drips from my mouth.”
Her 13-year-old daughter is not allowed to swear.
“Not in front of me,” she said. “My mother never let me swear. I never heard her swear.
So, what does her mother think of the book?
“She hates it,” Weinert said. “She says she’s proud of me, but she wishes it were something else.”
The book is dedicated to his father: “The late David K. Moberg, who was as rude as can be.”
There are hundreds of curse books, including adult coloring books.
Weinert said his book was aimed at publishers and their customers.
“That’s what makes it different,” she said.
Associated Press style calls for not using obscenities unless they are part of direct quotes and there is a compelling reason for them.
Some might say that this story is not a compelling reason. And that my stories in general are a bunch of bullshit. In which case it should be “craptastic” (page 63). Definition: “the most shitty of shitty, hardly believable that he is so shitty.”
Weinert’s book contains six of George Carlin’s “Seven Words You Can’t Say on Television” from 1972. He added a few more later.
“We have more ways to describe dirty words than we have dirty words,” Carlin says in his comedic monologue.
Netflix made a six-part documentary series in 2021, “History of Swear Words,” hosted by Nicholas Cage with a cast of comedians about joy and the etymology of swearing.
In cartoons and comics, a series of typographic symbols, such as @#$%&!, are used to represent swear words. There’s even a word for it: grawlix.
Everett’s Sandy Boo turned his word of choice into a business, My Curse Purse.
“I wanted a handbag with the F word all over it, so that’s how I started,” she said.
Boo designs socks, tote bags, scarves, umbrellas and phone cases emblazoned with the F-word. She traded a career as a social worker to sell goods online and at craft markets at Edmonds and Everett Mall.
The F-word is found on page 97 of Weinert’s book, with variants that run for another 20 pages, including FML. Hint: ML stands for My Life.
According to the Internet, the average person who swore uttered 80 swear words a day. Turns out an F-bomb might be good for you.
Swearing can relieve stress and reduce pain. A study found that it helped drivers deal with their frustration on the road.
(WTF: Do people actually get paid to study this stuff?)
Another study found that people who held their hand in ice water while swearing lasted 50% longer than those who used neutral words.
However, it may not be worth washing your mouth out with soap.
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