The Beeb's coverage of the Twitter Joke Trial latest contains this:
Paul Chambers was found guilty in May, convicted of sending a menacing electronic communication when he tweeted: "Robin Hood Airport is closed. You've got a week..otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high".
But... that wasn't the tweet. The tweet was:
Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You've got a week to get your shit together, otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!!
The BBC, under a mass of compliance and not wanting to offend the Daily Mail by using the actual quote, which had such rude and dirty words as 'shit' and 'crap' in it, have actually made this rather misleading. I stress this isn't on purpose, but it is nevertheless misleading.
Also, two exclamation marks. Two! Count them. The BBC article has missed them off as well. If you weren't familiar with the original quote, the absence of those dog's dicks, plus the absence of the swearing, certainly changes the tone. And given that tone is what this entire thing is about, I think you need the quote verbatim.
It just goes to show. Swearing is important, especially when the use of a casual swear changes the tone of the content. And dog's dicks, as all dogs know, are important too.
Happily, the Beeb have now put the quote in verbatim. Just one dog's dick, but hey, it's progress.
* Dog's dick, n. Dusty old newspaper slang for an exclamation mark. Last used in anger by bearded man in corduroy jacket c. 1983.