February 17th, 2013 at 5:12 pm by Mark
Tags: cursing, groundhog day, kids, language, parenting, presidents day
It’s tough not cursing around the kids, but somehow, I’ve managed! If anyone, regardless of who it was, ever managed to let something slip out, the three-year-old would always chastise them with, “Ahh-aww! You said a word!” Of course, she also learned to lie that her brothers and sisters said something — when they didn’t — just so she could steal whatever they were playing with while they were busy being in trouble, but that’s another story…
January 15th, 2013 at 5:04 pm by Mark
Tags: cursing, english, f-word, language, swearing
Many people object to swearing, claiming that it’s “common” and underscores a person’s lack of vocabulary. On the contrary, I find it profoundly useful for everything from accentuating urgency to emphasizing disbelief, or even futility.
The most prevalent use of “curse words” is in those instances where they posses the fundamental ability to transform an otherwise banal string of words (followed by an exclamation point) into a more honest and heartfelt interjection. In the following example, for instance, the subsequent revision shows us exactly how badly the subject was hurt, as well as giving the reader an emotional attachment to ‘Skip.’
“Ouch!” bellowed Skip.
“Motherf#@$er!” Skip bellowed. “That f#@$ing hurt like a son-of-a-bitch! What the f#@$, man?!”
As for those who constantly express hateful intolerance to other adults who swear, or condescend them for their usage of this particular category of language, I will only vociferate, “Grow the f#@$ up, or f#@$ off!”