actually I would object if the word appeared in a quotation from a text that the student was using in a paper.
As for "G-d," that's an interesting analogy.
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At the risk of being crude, would anyone object to using the form
"motherf----r" rather than spelling out the potentially offensive word? (I
hope this passes the fraud detection test.)
On Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 5:38 PM, Gregg Camfield <[log in to unmask]>
> When my orthodox Jewish students quote passages that use the word "God,"
> ey write "G-d" because they believe they are not to use the name of the
> d. I don't object. Similarly, I would not object to someone who had a
> incipled belief that they shouldn't use any number of objectionable words
> ut were willing to use ellipses or dashes or asterisks as placeholders. =
> Twain would probably make fun of the practice, as his repeated use of
> fax" as substitute for "hell" in his early writings suggests, but he
> lated to the editor's blue pencil quite often. Plus ca change . . . .
> Gregg =3D20
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> From: Mark Twain Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Ladd,
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> Subject: I failed a "fraud detection" test for previous post on quoting
> sitive material from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
> I just posted a question about quoting from Adventures of Huckleberry Fin=
> =3D3D and apparently my post "failed a fraud detection test."
> I am myself.... not a robot or phisher.... I'll try again.
> a question for teachers in colleges and universities and people in
> --I cannot find anything in the Chicago Manual of Style or the MLA Style
> =3D3D ide (or through Google) that deals with the use of the n-word in
> n qu=3D3D otations from literature (in academic papers written by student=
> My posit=3D3D ion has always been that one quotes verbatim provided the
> tion is esse=3D3D ntial to the argument. I am very uncomfortable with
> s using "n****r"=3D3D (which they do) or using brackets or ellipsis to
> typing out the word=3D3D in a quotation from Twain or any other writer.=
> ell them that if they ob=3D3D ject to typing out the word in their papers=
> ey may summarize the content=3D3D of the quotation in their own words, b=
> f the quotation is essential to =3D3D what they are arguing, they need to
> e the passage as it actually appears=3D3D in the text.
> A search for the subject online just shows articles and blogs and so on
> =3D3D ling with the use of the word in speech, but not in academic writin=
> I'm curious about how others deal with this.
> Barbara Ladd
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