A commenter recently weighed in on my language in my rants, specifically my High Heels diatribe.
Said commenter is apparently a lady of delicate sensibilities:
I fully concur with your comments. However, you denigrate yourself by using foul language and, thus, your credibility is questionable.
I’m sure you could have gotten your point across without it!
I assume she doesn’t spend much time on the interwebz, because when it comes to profanity in the blogosphere, my one or two swear words don’t even rate a mention. But do I cuss? Fuck yes. Guilty as charged.
There was a wonderful New Yorker piece a few years ago in which the writer, on golfing with a bunch of blue-collar New York dudes, observed–and I’m paraphrasing–that “just as anthropologists refer to the “click-speaking people” of the Kalahari, there are also the “fuck-speaking” people of New York”, i.e. New Yorkers frequently use the f-word and can fit it in a sentence as a noun, a verb, an interjection, a modifier or an intensifier (or all of the above). I have been a card-carrying member of that tribe for the last 13 years. Like it or not, “fuck” is a very useful–and hard-working!–word in the modern American vernacular.
I am selective about my cussing–not so much in the workplace, never at shul and only rarely around older family members–but this is a blog, and I often write things entitled “A Rant” or “An Overshare.” NB: if you see that title there will be cussing! Consider yourself warned, ye delicate flowers of ladyhood. You might want to read from your fainting couch, and keep a Bible handy in case you need something sanctified to fan yourselves with.
The last word on the subject goes to my always eloquent and eminently reasonable Harpy sister PhDork who responded thusly in the comments:
I don’t think Becky (or anyone else) “denigrates [her]self” or calls her credibility into question for using words you personally find objectionable. You are of course entitled to your opinion, but if you were to doubt everyone who has ever dropped an F-bomb, well, your pool of credible people is going to shrink to less than a puddle.