Sunday, December 7, 2014

Every now and then I run into someone online or in life that gets inexplicably offended by the use of "colorful" language.

When it comes right down to it, swearing is used for a number of reasons. Generally I find its most reasonable use as an emphasis on topics or people. I think the only time it becomes excessive is when someone has a painfully narrow vocabulary and says fuck every second word or as a replacement for nouns, verbs and adjectives. It's situations like these these that make me want to give these people a hardcover Websters dictionary, or hit them with one...

The people who get offended not just by the use of coarse language but by its very existence are the ones that irritate me the most. These are the same kind of people who coined the phrase "shut the front door" and "oh my days" because even "oh my god" seemed too uncouth to them. The thing is, these opinions are rarely developed through experience and are instead forcefully inserted into their heads at a young, impressionable age. These people are not actually offended when they hear someone swear; their parents and grandparents are. They aren't showing their discontent at the words you've used, they're showing how well their brainwashing is holding up 20 years down the road.

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