But, of course, it wouldn't be Lileks if there wasn't one really annoying factor in play, and in this case, that factor is spelled F-A-R-G-I-N.
Look. Everyone above the age of eight knows that "fargin'" (and its kin, "freakin'", "friggin'", and crazy uncle "frackin'") is just a disguised version of "fuckin'". Everyone. Now, on TV, it's permissible, because on broadcast television, you are actually legally enjoined from saying "fuck" in any of its delightful permutations. But this is a weblog, and as any Google search for anything will prove, the web is gloriously and hideously free of censorship. If he wants to say "fuckin'", why not say "fuckin'"? Who's going to stop him? I seriously doubt his readership sports an excessive number of the under-eight crowd. And if he really was worried about kids, or for that matter thin-skinned adults, then why say anything at all? You're not fooling anyone with "fargin'". Only an idiot doesn't know what it really means. An adult offended by "fuckin'" is likely to be equally offended by "fargin'", because they know what it's meant to represent, and it's the meaning that offends them, not the form. And as for kids, would he really be happier if the Gnat ran around yelling "I was fargin' cheated at jacks today!" than if she said "fuckin'" instead? Again, it's the intention, not the application. That's why you wouldn't be surprised if your boss was offended if you sent him a memo saying "I think our new marketing plan is a load of f*cking sh*t, and I think you can cram it up your *sshole sideways."
This sort of cutesy-poo, coy, faux-cursing isn't clever or effective. It's just annoying. (Lest this simply become part of my ongoing irrational vendetta against Lileks, allow me to note that lots of people on the internet and elsewhere do it; in fact, it's numbingly frequent even on my friends list here on LJ. It bugs me everywhere. Lileks is only its most prominent advocate.)
Okay, that's enough relentless crankwork for today. You know what the real horror is? Lileks is turning me into him. He'll win. The motherfarger.