If you've read my earlier posts about strong language, you'll know that I'm not in favour of censorship. I've just come across a particularly silly example, through the Effing Librarian blog. It pointed me to the article This Post is Rated X in The Library Journal, where I read that one library is not allowing users to review books in case they use bad language.
I am almost speechless at the stupidity of this. I think that the likelihood of someone taking the trouble to get into the catalogue and review a book purely for the sake of using offensive words has got to be slim. My own local library allows user reviews: the main problem is that hardly anyone bothers with this, not that the reviews are offensive.
I tried to find the name for a "fear of strong language" but the best I could come up with was maledictophobia. I'm not sure it's the right word but it's more specific than "bloody stupid", which was my initial reaction.