I know, lots of female English language speakers make a big taboo-thing out of SWEAR WORDS, but here is proof, that they are not as bad as you think:
I am not saying you should use swear words to INSULT people. Insulting is wrong! Though I am pretty good at being wrong in this way And I do not even use swear words when insulting 😛
But using those four letter words to strengthen your point is NOT wrong – who is the f-bomb directed to, when I say „effing awesome“? If you think about it – SEX is awesome when done properly (to the pleasure of both participants) – so effing awesome even makes sense.
I am still avoiding it here – cos some readers might take offence, where none is meant. But it is ridiculous – everybody KNOWS what is meant.
What I liked most about the article is the statement that swearing has been around as long as language has been documented. At least as long as the romans – but somehow I am confident even the ancient Greeks and Egyptians had words like that.
In my opinion parents should not punish EACH swearword – only the wrong use of it. To hurt somebody else or while speaking about persons or even just when a „superior“ is present – WRONG. Among mates when speaking about things? Who cares?
Some might ask: Why should they be tolerant about swear words?
Because it’s colourful language, it is traditional, it is relieving. It’s even creative, when you not use the f-word – and try to bring on some change.
And for SHIT? Hey, Hemingway used that one, and he is not considered to be x-rated.
If you forbid more and more words, the only thing that will happen, is „harmless“ words used as replacement swear words.
Just yesterday I looked up „cat house“ – to get a joke on another blog about a little girl demanding a cat house from her father. The combined words seem innocent enough.
Urban dictionary said „Brothel“.
There you go – harmless words replacing one you do not like. Did you really think, dear Ladies of the Purity of Speech-Club, that the phenomenon vanishes when you forbid the name? It gets another name, that is all.
This whole idea of some words being „bad“ is bound to fail.
Times are changing, words are changing – but the situations stay the same. Or as fellow writers know – there is only a limited amount of plots – it is just the new usage of words to describe those that makes for new reading material.
Demonising words will not make the plots disappear – they will just be described differently – thus making more words not desirable … If you fight freedom of speech, thoughts are still free and still communicated. If necessary with signs or photos.
Something politicians find out the hard way when they try to censor.
Times are changing – names are changing – but the things stay the same.