Tuesday, April 10, 2007

My view on swearing

The first class I entered in college was Communication Disorders. The first thing I learned was that the main goal of communication was for a communicator to effectively transmit an idea to a listener. That being said, let me explain the problems I have with people that don't swear.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not an advocate of swearing. Excessive swearing makes a person seem unintelligent. However, in some cases substitution for a swear word just make you seem like a wiener. Let me explain. Example: I was drinking coffee at a certain place, and on the cup it said "darn good coffee". What do I have wrong with that besides it sounding silly? The point being is that the communicator is trying to give out a message that the coffee is darn good. However, they don't want to "damn" anything. Darn is just a substitution for Damn which most people know, so the same idea is still being communicated. Why not just say excellent coffee. I can go on a long rant about why people that say heck, darn, fudge, butt etc bother the hell out of me, or heck, but hell is the exact same thing. God doesn't like it when you say hell, so saying heck will trick him. This silly substitutions aren't tricking anyone. They just make you sound like a fucking five year old. But we still know you are frustrated, confused or angry with something. I'm not trying to be disrespectful, but I'm tired of being chastised for sometimes swearing, and people that say a childish word for the same exact same message I said thinking they are better than me. I've read up on the anti swearing arguments. I'm ready for anything someone has to say to me. Not only will I defend my position, but I'll still respect you. People that use the word fudge even when quoting probably won't say anything anyway. They are to afraid too offend.
-Jeannette

5 comments:

Chris Schommer said...

But don't "mild" swear words have an entire place in our communication that actual swear words don't fill? I think they give contrast to when you are really feeling emotional and swear for real. For example, that might be darn good coffee : kind of boring but satisfying. Damn good coffee seems like more exceptional coffee to me, and "holy shit this coffee is good" is even better!

I now refer you here [NSFW] for a classic auditory tour of the most versatile swear word.

im going to go make some tea now...

Bjorn said...

that better be some damn good tea...

Bjorn said...

I say fudge all the time, but that's because it's usually out of frustration over something. I'm usually not that bothered by it, so I say fudge. Plus, it helps if any kids are near by with their crazy parent who'll kick you if their child is irreparably harmed by your words. I swear when it involves Michael Cuddyer.

Bjorn said...

ah, but if you read the blurb on this particular companies coffee they claim that this coffee is more than satisfying. I just think if a mild swear word is needed different wording could sound more professional, like "very good" coffee as opposed to "excellent coffee". Darn good just sounds silly, but I guess some people find it cute.
Jet

King Aardvark said...

My wife spells out mild swear words (or even words that aren't swear words but sound as if they could be) rather than say them.

I never used to swear in my youth, but when I got to university, I found that I couldn't effectively communicate without swearing once in a while. Swearing is part of our vocabulary and it has its uses; there are situations when it's called for and anything else is insufficient or immature.