2 thoughts on “Swearing: Vital Emotional Expression or Low-Class Abuse of the English Language?

  • July 17, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    What a great article. I didn’t learn to swear until high school and NEVER did it in front of my parents. Not because of religion, it just wasn’t “appropriate”. My parents were all about the importance of “appropriateness”. Me, not so much. I’m a rebel, even at 62. So, when the sunscreen fell out of the cupboard into the toilet the other day, my spouse was not surprised by the the “mother fucker!!!” that came out of my mouth, and didn’t say a word. I somehow felt better.

  • August 10, 2019 at 9:03 am

    This article flooded me with memories of the profanity-laden blow up I had with my parents a few years ago, wherein I uninvited them to visit me after they changed half our plans and cancelled the other half without consulting me. Oh, they were hurt! They didn’t understand! They thought I was selfish! What they experienced was me finally setting a boundary, loudly and profanely. A boundary they had no choice but to accept and respect. And guess what? Now that I have boundaries, they barely speak to me. They know without a doubt now that I WILL call them out on their BS. And since they can’t be bothered to check their BS at my door, they just don’t come around. Narcissists, man. WTF?


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