The Douche Bag Debate


I have a writerly question and need some opinions. You know those guys who are just beyond annoying—the ones who fall past the ‘asshole’ label and need something with a little more finesse? I like to think of them as “douche bags.”

So here is my problem. How do you write the term “douche bag” in a manuscript? Should it be douche bag, douche-bag, or douchebag? Is there a universally correct answer? Cast your vote in a comment!



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  1. cherilaser says:

    Hi! For me, there isn’t anything lower than a**hole, so I wouldn’t even bother with anything else. (Scum of the earth does come to mind, however.) If you’re intent on using the other term, though, the correct construction is “douche bag.”
    Good luck. The real person who’s inspiring this question foryou must have been a real winner … 🙂 All the best. –Cheri

  2. Janet Walters says:

    Just saw the term in a book and it was written as two words. I’m not sure I’d use it. Lousy lily-livered louse is one of my favorites.

    1. hthurmeier says:

      Seems like two separate words is the right way. Douche bag isn’t the right choice of words in every case, but in this character’s case, it’s perfectly appropriate. 🙂

  3. Shoshanna Evers says:

    Yup douche bag. Two words.

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