Thursday, January 08, 2009

Thought of the Day #8

While I don't use "cuss words" or "swear words" that often, it's not that they offend me. I choose to use other words, probably due to my upbringing where swearing was rarely used. Granted, once in a while, "sh*t" and "f*ck" will do the trick when the situation warrants. I know some people that use 'em a lot and it doesn't bother me in the least. I guess that's the thrust of this post -- people who are offended by "foul language" choose to be that way. They take umbrage at the d*mnits and f*ckenheimers because they choose to see the words as offensive. So often the "swear words" are just expressions of feeling. The anger, frustration, hatred, etc, is the problem, not the word itself. One could literally say "fluff you" and mean the same as someone saying "fuck you". So, why would "fuck you!" be offensive and not "fluff you!"? The disdain that the speaker feels is the same. The only difference is that the word "fuck" has been societally deemed offensive.