Should I Learn To Swear?

I have never been fond of using curse words to vent my negative emotions, because I find this type of self-expression to be indicative of bad manner. My family upbringing has wired me to consider those, who need to resort to use curse words to express their anger and frustration as uneducated; an unfair portrayal of the reality that I was taught to embrace wholeheartedly.

Nowadays, I notice that more and more people in my proximity have a particular inclination to swear unapologetically. These are not people, who are typically anti-social or do not know how to construct the proper syntaxes. They are teachers, authors, politicians, business people, and news broadcasters, whose casual use of curse words in their communication has really forced me to look at all these obscenity-embedded words in a different light.

Those, who crusade for the use of curse words, often reason that they have yet to discover a less vile words that have the capacity to get their negative emotions expressed as strongly and satisfactorily as the conventional four letter F or S words can. In their opinion, whoever declines to incorporate curse words into casual conversation is uptight and untrustworthy. Moreover, the use of curse words is symbolic of the closeness of a relationship among conversation participants. Only close relationship can endure and tolerate the brutal and honest offensiveness of the language.

Although I understand curse word crusaders’ point of view; however, I am still not converted into a swearer one hundred percent. I do believe that there is a time and a place for a different way of expression, that being said, throwing around publicly words that often make me cringe or my mouth drop in shocking embarrassment just seems so contrived for now.

Published by Robbie's Blog

I am a third-culture person who's navigating his way around Hong Kong and beyond. Come join me on this rollercoaster ride.

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