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Is it considered Nivul Peh if one writes an inappropriate phrase? (For example, if one is writing a book with fictional dialogue, or a dictionary of slang terms.)

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    Why not just ask simpler - Is it nivul peh to ask a Rov if the phrase is nivul peh? – Shmuel Brin Dec 12 '13 at 4:12
  • That's a different question. I guess I want to know whether nivul peh in writing is nivul peh. Perhaps this should be split into two questions. – Malper Dec 12 '13 at 4:15
  • @Malper, I think a better test case that would address that concern is whether one must refrain from writing out such terms when there is a legitimate need for transcribing actual conversations where they are used. – Yirmeyahu Dec 12 '13 at 16:27
  • @Yirmeyahu Good point. I'll split this into two questions. – Malper Dec 12 '13 at 16:28
  • I would assume it does,the issur is to even listen to it.The issur seems to come from the demoralization that nivul peh causes,however speech in Judaism is very powerful,so could be a different level,see the discussion of speaking or writing Torah to be yotzai Talmud Torah – sam Dec 12 '13 at 17:24
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When it comes to relationships the Sefarim do not call the body parts by their name. It is called אותו מקום. This would indicate to me that it is inappropriate to write Nivul Pe. I would say that it can cause one to read it out loud and say it.

  • That's due to considerations of lashon n'kiya (i.e. using particularly refined language). Nivul peh is more extreme than using language that is simply not lashon n'kiya. – Fred Dec 13 '13 at 4:20
  • @Fred Since nivul peh is more extreme than using language that is simply not lashon n'kiya and Chazal were careful to use lashon n'kiya, it follows kal vochomer that it is inappropriate to write Nivul Pe. – Avrohom Yitzchok Jan 11 '14 at 19:05
  • Is it nivul peh to refer (in speech) to the body parts by their respective "normal" names? – Yehoshua Jan 11 '14 at 19:19
  • @AvrohomYitzchok I didn't say it was appropriate, but it might be on the same level as writing non-lashon n'kiya, rather than equivalent to speaking nivul peh. – Fred Feb 16 '14 at 23:09

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