I can’t read the whole article of course, but my guess is that Megan Moser was referring to the c-word, which made the news after Seth MacFarlane first called Quvenzhane Wallis, 9-year-old best actress nominee, “jailbait,” then later made a joke in a song that Wallis was a c-word. Coincidentally, the satirical paper The Onion made a similar joke on Twitter that night, also calling Wallis that name.
The Merc doesn’t want to use the word, which I understand. But if you’re not going to use the word when the word is the basis for the entire news story, then you really shouldn’t write about it at all. That said, I recall at K-State many a vague article in the newspaper that made no sense because the editors thought a story needed to be told but also needed to be completely censored into meaninglessness. My favorite was the “news story” about a girl who may have performed oral whatnots on a guy at Last Chance. It was so vague that professors in the English Dept were actually explaining it to students as an example of how the Collegian needed serious editorial assistance. I’m not real keen on seeing The Merc go that route with the vague “I can’t tell you what the word was but it was awful and here are thoughts on it that I will keep vague” editorial, but when has The Merc ever taken my advice? Never, that’s when.