Right after he started communicating with Earth, Mark was warned (by Mission Control) that he needed to to stop cussing because the whole world could hear him.

What did he type as a response?

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    Is this from The Martian?
    – Adamant
    Commented May 23, 2016 at 18:23
  • I felt that my answer to this one was pretty convincing, covering both the source novel and the film script. Is there anything else you'd like me to add before considering an acceptance?
    – Valorum
    Commented Jul 2, 2016 at 9:50

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In the source novel it was the text emoticon for breasts.

[12:04] JPL: We’ll get botanists in to ask detailed questions and double-check your work. Your life is at stake, so we want to be sure. Sol 900 is great news. It’ll give us a lot more time to get the supply mission together. Also, please watch your language. Everything you type is being broadcast live all over the world.

[12:15] WATNEY: Look! A pair of boobs! -> ( . Y . )

In Drew Goddard's earlier version of the script it was a lot ruder.

The whole room waits patiently. Tim reads the response.

TIM: He says... “They don’t know I’m alive? What the--” (hesitates) “What the... f-word... f-word in gerund form... f-word again... is wrong with you... f-words.”

Venkat: Mark, please watch your language. Everything you type is being broadcast live all over the world

Mark’s eyes narrow as he types his response. Hits ENTER

The group reads Mark's response. They go PALE. Oh, Jesus. Venkat hangs his head. Tim tries really hard not to smile and fails.

Teddy is on the phone as Mitch approaches.

TEDDY (INTO PHONE): Yes sir... he's under a tremendous amount of stress... I understand. We're working on it. Thank you, sir.

Teddy hangs up. Glances at Mitch.

TEDDY (CONT'D): I just had to explain to the President of the United States what a “bureaucratic felcher” is.

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    I remember being saddened when they only alluded to this in the movie, but I had to admit that it worked as well if not better as a joke by not revealing it.
    – Broklynite
    Commented May 23, 2016 at 18:36
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    @Broklynite - I agree. They seem to have toyed with leaving it in, making it ruder, then finally decided just to have it be a react gag.
    – Valorum
    Commented May 23, 2016 at 18:47
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    (I see now for the first time that it works even better in a monospaced font ...)
    – davidbak
    Commented May 23, 2016 at 21:51
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    @davidbak - I added spaces to make the boobies bigger. It stops them from looking lopsided (in the font) but I'm concerned for the integrity of the original writing.
    – Valorum
    Commented May 23, 2016 at 22:45
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    monospace the boobies? (.Y.) Commented May 24, 2016 at 0:27

In the novel Mark writes "Look! A pair of boobs -> ( .Y . )"

Although in the original serial posted to Andy's website it was something about felching (don't look that up please) and a blooper scene leads me to believe they almost went with that in the movie because it's a scene of Teddy explaining what felching is to Annie (again don't look it up if you don't already know) and then everyone laughs.

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