I swear a lot. A LOT. On FB, in real life, even in my classes (for example, I’ve referred to certain fictional characters as “assholes” before). I probably need to fucking cool it.
See what I did there?
I did it really purposefully, because I’ve realized that unlike a lot of people, I don’t swear when it makes sense to swear: when you drop something on your foot, or miss the subway train by 10 seconds. Then, I’m more like to hiss “Shhhhh…ugar!” or “Fuuuuu…dge!” It’s kind of twee, actually.
But hoo-boy, do I fuckin’ swear. I swear most often in order to amplify a sentiment. I use profanity as a modifier, not an exclamation. And “fuck”–the Really Bad One–is my amplifier of choice. I use it like most people use “really.” Maybe because I find “really” to be really/fuckin’ overused. But for me, “fucking” is getting to that point, too. I teach public speaking, and at some point, profanity always comes up (probably because of something I said), and I always say that 1) you need to consider your audience and 2) cusswords should be used sparingly, lest they lose their effect and/or make you sound like a dumbass.
See what I did there? I fear that I’m making myself sound like a dumbass.
So, today’s FFT is about swearing, cursing, cussin’, making vulgar oaths, and shit like that. First tell us about your habits and preferences vis-a-vis profanity: do you swear? How much? Which words do you love? Which do you avoid, or find really offensive? Then let me know if you’ve ever had to curb your dirty dirty mouth, and how you managed to do it, ’cause I am seriously sucking donkey balls at cleaning up my act.