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is "hell" considered profanity?

Post by Mmichaelis » Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:54 pm

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I am writing for a taxi listing and it's a rock song about swagger and confidence. The hook in the chorus is "hold tight, 'cause I'm a hell of a ride." Does the use of hell in this context constitute profanity? Would it limit possibilities of being placed in film/TV because of this reference?

I googled it. "Hell" is considered a mild curse word, but in this setting, it is used to portray confidence and action. I've overthought this too long that now I don't think straight on the subject. Would be interested in what y'all think!

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Re: is "hell" considered profanity?

Post by CTWF » Wed Jan 20, 2021 1:26 am

Could you go Bible Belt and do "heck" instead?
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Re: is "hell" considered profanity?

Post by cosmicdolphin » Wed Jan 20, 2021 8:16 am

I wouldn't have thought so unless it's for a TV show set in a monastry

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Re: is "hell" considered profanity?

Post by CTWF » Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:05 am

cosmicdolphin wrote:
Wed Jan 20, 2021 8:16 am
I wouldn't have thought so unless it's for a TV show set in a monastry
I know people who are so deep into the rabbit hole, they tell you not to say "hell-o" anymore. :lol: :roll:
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Re: is "hell" considered profanity?

Post by cosmicdolphin » Wed Jan 20, 2021 1:30 pm

CTWF wrote:
Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:05 am
cosmicdolphin wrote:
Wed Jan 20, 2021 8:16 am
I wouldn't have thought so unless it's for a TV show set in a monastry
I know people who are so deep into the rabbit hole, they tell you not to say "hell-o" anymore. :lol: :roll:
Lol..f##k them

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Re: is "hell" considered profanity?

Post by AlanHall » Wed Jan 20, 2021 6:54 pm

I'm thinking "helluva" is in such common usage now that no one would bat an eye. On the other hand, maybe it's time to come up with a new expression of admiration and confidence. Maybe "Hold tight, 'cause I'm a Trump of a ride"? :twisted:

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Re: is "hell" considered profanity?

Post by Casey H » Wed Jan 20, 2021 8:29 pm

I went through this recently with a song I wrote called "To Hell And Back". It was accepted by a very successful "critical" Taxi-friendly library. The only thing they ask for is a "clean" mix version where the word is left out where it occurs. It's on the mild side as far as what might be considered profane. If you submit it for a listing, put in a note, "Clean mix available". Same if you submit it to a library on your own.

Now of course if a listing is for a children's show or similar, I wouldn't submit.

Good luck!
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Re: is "hell" considered profanity?

Post by CTWF » Thu Jan 28, 2021 11:50 am

My Midwestern wife has just told me that "Satan" is not offensive. Now, major surprise on my part, so I guess "hell" could always be replaced by "Satan's place" ect. :lol:

But then, a rhyme such as

"So, in a nutshell
I lived in Satan's place"

does not sound all that great. :mrgreen:

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