All posts tagged swearing


Published August 25, 2012 by Malia

The other day, a guy passing by me said, “…f***ing two ‘o clock.”  He wasn’t mad, he just decided to use f***ing as a descriptor for  time. Last night, in the middle of a thunderstorm, I heard some guy running around outside and every time there was a flash of lightening he’d yell “F***!*  (I think he and all the other people running around outside must’ve been drunk.  I don’t know too many sober people who run around outside yelling profanities during thunderstorms.) Sadly, this wasn’t a unique, unheard of statement.  I regularly hear people use cuss and swear words in every way imaginable.  Sometimes, they create an entire sentence using almost all foul language.  In fact, there’s not even a concept of what foul language is.   I’m not innocent of this.  I’ve had a fair share of bad words go flying out of my mouth.  I’m not proud of this, and I’ve been working to not have these words come out of my mouth.

What concerns me is the fact that I’m hearing these words coming out of kid’s mouths.  They say them with pride.  It’s almost like they believe that saying any of these words means they’re a mature grown-up.  I wish they’d realize that anyone is capable of saying these words.  It’s not a badge of honor.  It doesn’t make other people consider you an adult.

Also, cussing is not an appropriate way to win an argument.  It just makes you look like you don’t have enough in your head to compose a well-reasoned response.

Finally, please try to keep from cussing in front of your kids.  It’s not impossible.  I grew up in a house where my parents knew every cuss and swear word known to mankind, and they never used any of them in front of me, even when they were stressed and/or upset.