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I seek the truth. My truth. Your truth. I express opinions and humor designed to enlighten and confound. Your comments, positive or negative, are always welcome. I may reply.

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DECEMBER 8, 2008 9:36AM

What Is Your Favorite Curse Word?

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For many years I have been a fan of the Bravo show, "Inside The Actors Studio".  Host James Lipton, Dean Emeritus of the Actors Studio MFA Drama program, has interviewed nearly 200 of the world's most accomplished actors, directors, musicians, and comedians, allowing viewers a unique, inside look at the craft of acting.  This is not a celebrity interview show a la "E".  The interviews are intelligent, insightful, and thought-provoking; giving us a glimpse at the people behind the personas.

At the end of each show, Lipton concludes his interview by having his guest answer a "questionnaire" that he credits to novelist Marcel Proust and French talk show host Bernard Pivot.  It is a treat to hear each subject answer this list of simple, yet insightful questions.  Now, OS members, it's your turn.

Below you will find the 10 questions asked each week by James Lipton, along with my answers.  Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to provide your own answers.  You may leave them as comments or, if you choose to write a companion piece, please send me a message so that I may read it.  Let's have some fun.

1. What is your favorite word?  "Curiosity"  If first we don't wonder why, we never reach the answer.

2. What is your least favorite word?  "Hero"  This answer has changed for me in recent years.  Hero has become the most overused word in our lexicon.  So much so that it's true meaning and impact have been lost.

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?  Any time I see or hear someone challenge the status quo.  I read a quote years ago that I have lived my life by:  "Sacred cows make great steaks."

4. What turns you off?  Condescension and patronization.  It simply diminishes everyone involved.

5. What is your favorite curse word?  (Everyone's favorite question)  "Fuck"  It's just so versatile.  Think of the many contexts in which you can use this word.

6. What sound or noise do you love?  The full, unrestrained sound of a child laughing.  Can you ever hear a real belly laugh and not start chuckling yourself?

7. What sound or noise do you hate?  I'm sorry if this answer sounds ordinary, but I truly hate the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard.  Just reading these words has some of you cringing, right?

8. What profession other than your own would like to attempt?  I have two.  I wish I could be either an actor or a writer.

9. What profession would you not like to do?  (This kinda relates to the current Open Call about the worst job ever)  Trucker.  The idea of sitting behind the wheel and driving eight, ten or more hours every day is unfathomable.  I have the utmost respect for those who perform this most necessary job.

10. If Heaven exists, what would like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?  "It was close, but you made it!"

 Come on, now, OS.  Let's see how many different responses we can get.

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1. Favorite word - "Wow"
2. Least " " - Shut up
3. Creative turn on - Inner joy and inspiration by others
4. Turn off - Negative thinking
5. Fave curse word - "Fooker" (Scottish accent for emphasis)
6. Sound I love - Grandson trying to say "gramma"
7. Sound I hate - recorded telemarketers
8. Other desired profession - TV Sitcom writer
9. Would never do - Politician
10. "This is your lucky day!"
1. What is your favorite word? Honor - fewer people seem to have it.

2. What is your least favorite word? Hate - self explanatory

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally? My wife, music, films, books.

4. What turns you off? Negativity, judgmental people, SNOBBERY

5. What is your favorite curse word? (Everyone's favorite question) "Fuck" Period. And all the variations.

6. What sound or noise do you love? Rain and breeze blowing through leaves. Train horn blowing off in the distance.

7. What sound or noise do you hate? Sarah Palin's voice.

8. What profession other than your own would like to attempt?
Full-time, professional jazz musician, traveling the world.

9. What profession would you not like to do? Soldier (But I respect the hell out of the good ones.)

10. If Heaven exists, what would like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? You deserve to be here.
Thanks to Cathy (cut and paste)

1. Favorite word - "Great"
2. Least - "We have to talk"
3. Creative turn on - Writing the perfect scene
4. Turn off - Rude people
5. Fave curse word - "Fuck"
6. Sound I love - "Mariners Win"
7. Sound I hate - "Avoid I5..."
8. Other desired profession - Screenwriter
9. Would never do - Payday Loans
10. "Sign in here then we'll take you to your parents"
If Cathy, Greg and Roger are keeping the meme inside, I'm not gonna buck the trend.

1. Favorite word - Tactile
2. Least favorite word - Should
3. Creative turn on - Serendipity
4. Turn off - Negativity
5. Fave curse word - Fuck
6. Sound I love - Children laughing
7. Sound I hate - Whining
8. Other desired profession - Photographer
9. Would never do - Dictator
10. "We've been waiting for you."
1. Favorite word - potentate
2. Least favorite word - I'm with Cathy ~ definitely "shut up"
3. Creative turn on - silence
4. Turn off - intolerance
5. Fave curse word - not really a curse word ... but... WHORE
6. Sound I love - laughing while crying
7. Sound I hate - water fountains
8. Other desired profession - Pastry Chef
9. Would never do - High School Principle
10. "You're late. Where have you been?"
Great so far, let's keep it going!!!
Fave: Peace
least: shut up!
creative turn on: life in general
turn off: dividers of people
fuck, fuck FUCK!!!
sound I love: running river water
sound I hate: the idiot box:TV
profession: organic veggie garden
One I'd never do: sell my soul
"Well, Suzy is here." I got this doing sign-in sheets
this was fun
Suzy
1. What is your favorite word? Great!

2. What is your least favorite word? Stupid..

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally? People who are kind to me and my wife.

4. What turns you off? Mean spirited, or people who take some kind of glee in treating people badly.

5. What is your favorite curse word? Crap!

6. What sound or noise do you love? Rain on the roof.

7. What sound or noise do you hate? Jet skis or dirt bikes.

8. What profession other than your own would like to attempt? Treasure hunter.

9. What profession would you not like to do? Undertaker.

10. If Heaven exists, what would like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? "Welcome home, glad to see you."
1. What is your favorite word? Well, mine's actually in Spanis: Querer. It's a verb that in the present tense means to love, and in the past tense means to try. I can't think of a more perfect word than that.
2. What is your least favorite word? gynecologist
3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally? Differing extremes of injustice and kindness. It can go either way.
4. What turns you off? egomania
5. What is your favorite curse word? Isn't fuck everybody's?
6. What sound or noise do you love? The soft gasp when you take someone's breath away.
7. What sound or noise do you hate? That fucking alarm clock!
8. What profession other than your own would like to attempt? Archaeologist or Director
9. What profession would you not like to do? Slaughter house. Definitely
10. If Heaven exists, what would like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? "Pete! I specifically warned you about this one. Just because Lucifer doesn't want her, she still doesn't get to come in here."
1. Favorite word - mom
2. Least - bitch
3. Creative turn on - hiking on a clear crisp day
4. Turn off - mean people
5. Fave curse word - well of course...fuckidy fuck fuck
6. Sound I love - laughter between my kids
7. Sound I hate - shot guns
8. Other desired profession - free wheeling travel babe
9. Would never do - pedicurist
10. "You made the right decision"
1. Favorite word: texture (it does what it says).
2. Least favorite word: cunt (it sounds as nasty as the attitude it expresses).
3. Creative turn on--collaboration
4. Turn off--stupidity
5 Favorite curse word: Fuck (once again it's the sound that counts).
6. Sound I love--my wife's laugh (I thought it was the greatest thing ever the first time I heard it and I still do).
7. Sound I hate--the sound of sirens, particularly the ones in Britain.
8. Other desired profession--General Manager of the New York Yankees or the editor of the Paris Review
9. Would never do--migrant farm worker
10. "Enter--your dad's prayers have been answered."
1. Favorite word: "Asinine." Says so much with so little.
2. Least favorite word: "Hysterical" when one means "Hilarious." Also "Can't."
3. What turns me on: Questioning accepted norms.
4. What turns me off: Complacency.
5. Favorite curse word: "F!" Just the letter. It's especially fun to shout.
6. Sound I love: The groany breathing sounds my dog makes when she's sleeping.
7. Sound I hate: Pounding footsteps from the apartment above mine. This has been a problem everywhere I've lived. Just grates on my nerves like nothing else.
8. Other profession I'd like: Winemaker or food/wine writer
9. Profession I'd never do: Nurse. I'd be a lousy caregiver. Plus bodily fluids=Yuck.
10. "That's right, I'm real. Pay up. I'm just yanking your chain---come on in. Bar's on your left, dessert table's on your right."
1. Favorite word - "Awake".
2. Least " " - "Meaningless".
3. Creative turn on - Various art movements of the early 1900s, in particular Art Nouveau, Expressionism, and Cubism.
4. Turn off - Dogmatism.
5. Fave curse word - "WTF" (online only)
6. Sound I love - Running water.
7. Sound I hate - Leaf blower.
8. Other desired profession - Travel writer.
9. Would never do - Debt collector.
10. Two possibilities: "I'm going to send you back for another go-round." or "Psst--This show is just for the rubes. You were actually right, which means... bye bye."
1. Favorite word - serendipity
2. Least favorite word - phlegm
3. Creative turn on - singing
4. Turn off - hearing people chew too loudly
5. Fave curse word - cocksucker
6. Sound I love - my laughter blending with others
7. Sound I hate - angry shouting
8. Other desired profession - painter, violinist
9. Would never do - shout at a child
10. "Hi, sweetie."
1. What is your favorite word? Free!

2. What is your least favorite word? Stupid.

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally? A pretty woman.

4. What turns you off? Ugly feet.

5. What is your favorite curse word? Fuck - seems to be the universal choice.

6. What sound or noise do you love? One of my horses whinneying a greeting.

7. What sound or noise do you hate? Police siren.

8. What profession other than your own would like to attempt? Screenwriter.

9. What profession would you not like to do? Semen collector (for artificial insemination).

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? "What the hell are you doing here?"
1. What is your favorite word? - “Behold”

2. What is your least favorite word? -“entitled”

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally? - Great poetry

4. What turns you off? - racism, classism, misogyny and baseless machismo

5. What is your favorite curse word? - “sonofabitch”

6. What sound or noise do you love? -The sound of my dear love’s laughter.

7. What sound or noise do you hate? - The sound of my colleague’s tactless ramblings.

8. What profession other than your own would like to attempt?- Writer

9. What profession would you not like to do? - Administrator of a university or corporation.

10. If Heaven exists, what would like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? -“Holy Christ! Who do you think you are...JC? Close the gates, you weren't born in a barn?”
1. Platypus. Can't explain why. Just makes me smile inside.
2. Cunt. I think it's possibly the most derogatory thing you can call a woman.
3. Mercy/Grace. Its getting the hand you don't look for that is so beautiful.
4. Bullies. People who feel a need to hurt others just to show they can.
5. Bastard. Because it's just so fun to say. And it's not "fuck" or "shit"
6. The sound of halyards flapping against a mast, or against a flagpole. Reminds me of everything I love about sailing.
7. Big nasty farts. Especially when my husband doesn't say "excuse me" afterwards.
8. Singer or architect.
9. Garbage collector.
10. Welcome home, my child.
1. Favorite word - Grace
2. Least - Betrayal
3. Turn on - Saying something can't be done
4. Turn off - Incompetence
5. Favorite curse word - Fuck
6. Sound I love - The sound of a mountain stream
7. Sound I hate - Motorcycles
8. Other desired profession - Actor
9. Would never do - Insurance sales
10. I Told You!
1. Favorite word - Baby
2. Least " " - It starts with an "n".
3. Creative turn on - Simplicity made beautiful, or the beautiful made simple.
4. Turn off - Emotional barriers, mine and others
5. Fave curse word - goddamnitohell
6. Sound I love - My boys laughing/a new baby nursing.
7. Sound I hate - my beloved's tears
8. Other desired profession - English teacher/Children's Musician
9. Would never do - Sales Rep, for anything...
10. "They're going to be ok, don't worry. Come in."
1. What is your favorite word? Wonderful

2. What is your least favorite word? Shut Up.

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally? Creating something new: a bit of song, a painting, a tasty meal.

4. What turns you off? Jealous people who can't shut up about it. Mean people who can't leave others alone. Ditto for Mean Crazy people.

5. What is your favorite curse word? Fuck!

6. What sound or noise do you love? Buttery baby giggles.

7. What sound or noise do you hate? Horrible- voiced people who sing or talk too much.

8. What profession other than your own would like to attempt? Zero Fossil fuel dependant Farming.

9. What profession would you not like to do? Computer systems setup.

10. If Heaven exists, what would like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? "Welcome".
1. Fav word: sweetie
2. Least fav: cunt
3. turn on: being with friends
4. off: being whined at
5. fav curse word: fuck
6. sound I love: cat purring
7. hate: heavy breathing through the nose
8. profession I'd like: singer
9. not like: Executioner
10. pearly gates - but wait, there's more!
Thanks everyone so far for the responses!! Who else wants in??
1. Favorite word - Sesquipedalian. Really. And I didn't even have to look it up.
2. Least favorite word - Moose. "Your politics are showing, dear. That's kind of a woody word, innit?" pace Monty Python
3. Creative turn on - The Missus stroking my...whoops, didn't see the word "creative"
4. Turn off - Jokes about sacred cows. The Missus a Hindu, you know
5. Fave curse word - Behenchod said in a Punjabi accent
6. Sound I love - Daughter playing the violin
7. Sound I hate - Lapdogs yapping trying to be Big Dog
8. Other desired profession - Lapdog
9. Would never do - Bite an innocent non-intruding biped
10. "HAHAHAHAHA. HOHOHOHOHO. You've gotta be kidding me. NOW FUCK OFF."

WOOF
1. favorite - yes
2. least - no
3. creative turn on- watching people in general
4. turn off - people arguing or shouting at one another
5. fav. curse word - bastard
6. sound I love - quiet beach (no people - just sand & water)
7. sound I hate - fire sirens
8. other desired profession - event organizer
9. would never do - prostitute/politician (maybe one in the same)
10. "Welcome"