Wash Your Mouth Out!
I don’t consider myself to be a prude but perhaps I am. Maybe it’s something to do with getting older. Maybe it is expected of those getting older. I’m not sure. What I do know is when presented with the question – ‘How do you feel about cussing in blog land?’ – I immediately had a response.
I DON’T LIKE IT!
Now the reasons why I don’t like it are probably quite complex and rooted in my upbringing but they also have relevance in the present. For me, swearing should be kept for extreme occasions when anger gets the better of you and you need a release. People have always got cross and I think have used the expletives of the day. However, it seems to me that those expletives are now part of common usage.
As a youngster, I was aware of a ranking within the vocabulary used for cursing. There was the ‘damn’ if you hit your thumb or spilt something – fairly mild up to the ‘F’ word which was only ever used by men in the company of men. If there was a possibility that a woman was within earshot, an apology was often offered.
I know this may sound very ‘Ann of Green Gables’ but that’s how it was generally. I have written about the abusive language heard on football terraces HERE and I will always try to move away from hearing it at a match. My over-riding objection, both at football and elsewhere, is that children are often around and it will be that language they pick up and then use, invariably at school where sanctions are expected to be taken against them for doing so.
As far as blogging and social media go, I cannot see the need to use the extreme profanities that are now common. When I started blogging, one piece of advice that I have always remembered was – ‘If you would not say it to a face, then don’t write it!’. I have unfollowed people on twitter who use the ‘F’ word like confetti in their tweets. I have deleted posts that have unnecessary swearing (of the high level) in them. I have left a forum where the language is too ‘ripe’ for me. The writers of these would not be people I would normally have as part of my circle in ‘real’ life therefore I do not want them in my virtual life.
Please don’t imagine that I never swear! I do! As a head teacher I had to make sure the odd ‘S**t’ or ‘B****r’ was out of hearing range of little ears. I am not against cussing per se, just the extremes that we now have constantly around.
These are my views – what are yours?
By the way – the person asking the question was Kat over at ‘Mama Kat’s Losin It’. Pop over and see what other opinions have been left as well as some other great piece of writing.