What The @#$!
While holidaying in British Columbia, I happened to be listening to a local radio station on which they had a call-in to for listeners to give their opinions on whether they think using swear words should become an acceptable part of our society.
I am not one to drop F bombs or any other colorful language, not saying never, but, I’ve always thought that using them in regular conversation shows a lack of vocabulary skills. Not to mention the speaker usually comes off as crude. But here I was listening to both sides of the fence from people who claimed to be well versed on the subject.
The first person to call in was an English Professor. He agreed that there was indeed a place in our modern society for swearing. He gave examples where a simple english adjective would not suffice, like being cut off in traffic. He claimed there dropping and F bomb added an oomph to what you wanted to say that no other word couldn’t. For a second or even a minute, I agreed with him! Against my better judgement. He was THAT convincing.
Thank goodness for the next caller who jarred me back to reality. She was an ethics specialist, or whatever you call them. She was very firm and unwavering in her stance that swearing was not acceptable. She also mentioned that those who do, display weak vocabulary skills. (Told ya! Sorry Prof.) The majority of calls sided with her. One mom pointed out that she hated it when people swear in front of her kids.
It’s a rather sticky subject as many people cannot speak a complete sentence without injecting some form of swearing. In the heat of the moment, I have uttered the F word so I am not judging. In my opinion, it should never be something we accept, no matter how accepting we are becoming.