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A man with unclean lips

A man with unclean lips

Glenn L. Schwanke

The word “hell” keeps popping up in my reading these days. No, I’m not talking about my daily study of Scripture. I’m talking about the newsfeeds on my smartphone. These days, authors seem to think it shows great intelligence to throw prepositional phrases like “What in the h—-!” into otherwise innocuous articles on ice fishing or sugar-cookie recipes.

Even the headlines of articles may contain words that blushing editors used to mask with strange, code-like rendering: “*!%#.” Not anymore. Had I used such words as a child, I would have savored a bar of Lifebuoy soap lodged firmly in my mouth during a monthlong time-out!

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