Why is it that you can hear a foreign phrase of some curse word or forbidden something and it sticks with you for life? All you have to do is hear it one time. One time and you never forget it. It’s what one of my old buddies would call a tapestry of justice. Knowing to do good doesn’t negate this and I’ll be danged if I still absorb this stuff like grape bubble gum on the sole of my shoe.
I wish it worked the other way; like hearing an admonishment and BLAM – you got it! Unfortunately we have to be bombarded with the good stuff or study to remember or memorize it to keep it and then we have to use it or lose it.
I think I was about 10 years old when my Uncle Virgil taught my brothers and I a couple of “dirty” jingles involving body odors of sorts and I can still remember it verbatim. Truth be told, they were fairly harmless, but to my 3 brothers and I, they were flat decadent.
I was a couple of years older when a Sioux buddy of mine who was very worldly, taught me how to say a multi-syllable Spanish phrase that is still very offensive to most church people. I guess my point here is I have a lot of words in my vocabulary that I do not use. I won’t; not even in anger. Nope, never. What comes out of my mouth is what I decide and frankly I never think these bad words are perfect to express myself.
I knew a process operator who spewed what I like to call “septic mouth” to the point that if you bleeped out the cuss word, he wouldn’t make a sentence most 2 year olds couldn’t beat. I asked him why he talked like he did and he didn’t back down one step. “That’s the &^%$*(& way I %^&*(% I talk” is all he said.
Another man, who I respected for being very fair and intelligent also cussed a lot and when I asked him why (at one time he had been a preacher) he looked me in the eye and without defiance exclaimed that he did indeed know what was coming from his mouth. He went on to say he had slipped away from God and needed to do better.
God or not, some words are for particular company and not for general audiences. If you want to lace your conversation with vulgarisms, make sure you know your audience. I was out at the Mall taking my Bride’s stuff in for alteration (she is shrinking in size due to working out at the gym) and there were a couple of people outside on the benches talking. They obviously were not together, as they were sitting about 20 feet apart.
As I walked by I heard the older man say the forbidden word twice and the woman replied as if she didn’t notice the vulgarity and she was wearing the garb of a medical worker. On my way out, he used it again and then she did. Both of these people were in their 50’s. Under no circumstances would I consider this kind of speech at this volume, acceptable to friends, let alone strangers.
I won’t watch the Daily Show because Jon Stewart still thinks saying curse words is funny. It isn’t and he’s a very bright guy, so I do not understand why he thinks it is. The talentless idiot Kanye “Yeezus” West got censured most all of his act on Billboard magazine’s award show because they couldn’t take the chance he would violate FCC rules.
Call me a fuddy duddy, but I like my virgin ears. I like the concept that I control what comes out of my mouth. I don’t want to hear crude language in public and for the most part, in private. I like words like scuppers, abrogate, gerrymander, polymer, churlish, and mitosis and the ability to articulate my thoughts when I speak. I like to learn new words so I can expound on the world I live in.
8 years ago I wrote on this subject and you can find it here: http://baytownbert.blogspot.com/2007/06/cursing-vulgarity-swearing-and.html My opinion hasn’t changed one bit. Dandy Don Cunningham is my daily read to get a dose of Godly logic. Don doesn’t use profanity or curse and he gets his point across quite well. Each day he posts a parable and each day he feeds a whole lot of people with good socially acceptable speech.
However, if I was a betting man, I would wager that Don knows a lot of words he wishes he didn’t. He just chooses not to speak them.