The Number of Swear Words in My New Novel
With every book I publish, I inevitably get emails (really! people actually email me to complain!) or reviews about how horrified some reader is over my use of "foul language." So I took count this time. This list is for them.
- •83 = the number of times I use "fuck"What can I say? It works in so many different contexts.
- •81 = the number of times I use "shit"A close second to fuck, evidently.
- •51 = the number of times I use "goddamn"A good lighter swear when "fuck" is too much. As in: "I am so sick of your goddamn shit!"
- •17 = the number of times I use "bitch"Does this even qualify as a swear word anymore?
- •12 = the number of times I use "dick"Dick really gives an on the nose sense of a character who is just being a total prick.
- •8 = the number of times I use "asshole"Hmmm. I like this word. Maybe I should sprinkle some more in, just for maximum offensiveness.
- •0 = the number of times I use the c-wordHey! Even I have standards.