Thursday, August 11, 2011


    I'm linking up with , check out other opinions there. The topic is "how do you feel about cussing in blogland; acceptable? unacceptable? Do you keep reading?" I'm not a fan. But then, I'm not a fan of cussing anywhere. Words have so much power. They can calm a troubled child, sooth a broken heart, celebrate a victory and offer quiet sympathy. With so many available words in any language, swearing seems lazy. Okay, okay, so I'm from Utah where if you make "gosh" mad you go to "heck", but I'm not that isolated. Remember, I just spent a month on a Navy ship. Bad language, the kind your mother threatened to wash your mouth out with soap, is everywhere. It may have started with Rhett Butler in "Gone with the wind" when he told Scarlett...."Frankly, my dear, I don't give a darn" at the end of the movie. Cussing has become very main stream. It's in all movies, on television and in most written literature.
    It seems when people do swear, even in their own opinion they find it offensive or wrong. Most people will ask you to "pardon their french?" What makes cussing french? Was it invented in France? Or do we just blame offensive things on the french people?
   I especially don't like the use of swearing in the place of adjectives. Really, people? There are seriously so many available words. Words that are gentle and kind. Words that can build somone up. Words that when used by a creative and intelligent mouth can describe unknown worlds and deep emotions. You sell yourself far short if you use cussing in many of your sentences.
   Sometimes after witnessing an especially fowl display of bad language, I'm saddened. Why? Because someone has to kiss that dirty mouth.
Remember, what you say is a reflection on who you are and where you come from. Doesn't your mother deserve better representation?


The Mommy Mambo said...

I bet your glass is always 1/2 full (of daisies)! :)
I agree that there are may great words to use in place of foul language most of the time. And I don't curse often. But on occassion those filthy 4 letter words are the perfect exclaimation of emotion to convey sarcasm, anger, and detestability! LOL

Amanda said...

I believe there is a time and a place for everything and ideally we've been taught which one that is for swearing. Ideally it should be common decency not to swear around strangers and people who aren't ok with it.

However I think one should be able to swear at their blog, but the author should also realize this may incur judgment from other people.

Kerri said...

Hey Lisa,
Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love your post. I totally agree. I'm not from Utah : ) and I do let the occasional cuss word slip, but I am a word nerd. I find it a challenge to find JUST the right word in a situation, and usually it has more than 4 letters! : )

Morgan said...

I'm with you ... if I wouldn't want my kids to read it, I don't write it. :)

Thanks for (bravely) sharing your heart.

Visiting from Mama Kat's :)