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  • I'd think that scrubbing code of cusswerds should be de rigeur, because they can be a bit viral, and, in OSS, can reflect badly on the developer(s). So a Perl script to scrub such epithets from the source is probably a good idea.

    A Cautionary Tale:
    My opinion arises from a personal faux pas: during a fit of pique while bug-killing a particularly befuddling bit of code, I inserted some F-bombs into some diagnostics (the cause turned out to be a bug in Perl, btw, so the F-bombs may have been well deserved). After a scrubbing exersize, the s/w was shipped...and (you guessed it) a couple days later I got a note from a customer that one of the fbomb'ed diagnostics had erupted at his site. Thankfully, the customer had a good sense of humor, and I spent the next 24 hours doing penance by scrambling to cleanup my code (and my act).