Today’s comic marks the very first time I have had one of my characters use profanity. In its 17 years of online publication, this is a milestone – but not one I had intended. I’m no prude, but I’ve always viewed profanity as method to elicit a cheap laugh.
So, I deliberated over the punchline, initially using something less vulgar: “crappy”. But it didn’t sit well with me (pun not intended.)
I changed it to “shitty” because it just works. And it feels justified, because this is how the developers I know actually speak.