Published August 16, 2013
(In response to last week’s column)
Pay attention to the little things in life. It may not seem important to you, but acknowledging that someone folded your socks and put them in your drawer can make a huge difference. The person that did it doesn’t necessarily do it for enjoyment, but being appreciated for it would make it a lot more gratifying. Thank you, two little words that make a huge difference. Try it.
Shut the front door!
Just hear me out on this one. Swearing, cussing, cursing, profanity, why do we use it? It gives a bad impression, it’s annoying to listen to, it’s offensive, it’s a tool for whiners and complainers, it shows lack of respect, it’s a sign of an attitude problem, it can lead to an argument or violence, a true sign of hostility, it can make people uncomfortable, it shows immaturity and lack of control, it weakens your character, It’s harsh and sometimes hurtful, and it’s a lazy and sloppy use of the English language.
With that being said, sometimes it’s just necessary.
It doesn’t matter what anyone says, when you stub your big toe, or crack your head on a cabinet, “ouchy” just doesn’t cut it. When someone blatantly cuts you off on the freeway, “that son of a gun” is clearly not going to get your point across. There are some good alternatives that can be amusing, for example, “shut the front door” or “you jack wagon.”
People swear for all different reasons. Sometimes it is used to express strong emotions, or as an instinctive response to pain. A lot of people swear to relieve stress or blow off steam. I have to say that when I was watching the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, I don’t recall saying, “holy cow, that really stinks.”
Then there are always those who use foul language just to appear cool and squeeze it in every other word. These are the annoying people that ruin it for everyone else.
I’m not insinuating that walking around town talking like a trucker is a good idea. I’m definitely not suggesting trash talking to your kids. I am simply asking - is cursing occasionally allowable or is it forever a taboo?