Do You Cuss Like a Sailor?

@Hart57 (360)
United States
December 16, 2007 1:01pm CST
Do you use profanity on a daily basis? How many times a day do you drop the F bomb? Do you use stand-in words like, say, "Fudge" in place of the F word? Are you creative with your profanity? Perhaps you loathe profanity? Do you think it coarsens the culture and has a harmful influence? Or, do you take a middle of the road position, whereby you believe that it is OK to cuss in private, but should NOT be done in public? Please share your thoughts.
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@Adoniah (7523)
• United States
16 Dec 07
When you use profanity all the time, it just shows that you do not have a large vocabulary. It shows a lack of self control. Everyone uses something sometimes even if it is just darn it or shucks. These are stand ins for the real thing but much less offensive. There is so much vulgar profanity today that it is really a waste of time because it has lost most of its shock value. When my girls were at home, I refrained from all profanity because kids repeat anything that is said emphatically. The first day of school my little one came home and said what does F___K mean? It was written all over the kindergarten bathroom walls. Several Mothers and I got together the next day and repainted the bathrooms. When I was in the Navy, I got so tired of every sentence ending or beginning with S.O.B. that I came up with an interesting substitute that had them all laughing and actually using it: Son of a Siberian Sheepherder. At least it was different. I taught it to my African Grey Parrot. It knocks people out!
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@Hart57 (360)
• United States
17 Dec 07
HAHA! "Son of a Siberian Sheepherder." I like that, Adoniah, it IS different -- and it injects a little levity into what would otherwise be a coarse expression. Excellent response. Come by and visit again.
@Adoniah (7523)
• United States
17 Dec 07
Thanks for the invite. I think I will!
@razcal2267 (15577)
• United States
17 Dec 07
There are times where I say things that would make a sailor blush. For the most part though, mainly because I am around kids, I say friggin or dagnabbit.
@Hart57 (360)
• United States
17 Dec 07
You can make a sailor blush, razcal2267? Now, that's something I'd like to hear. LOL. I haven't heard dagnabbit in a long time. Maybe I ought to incorporate that in my arsenal of substitute words.
• United States
17 Dec 07
I definently use profanity on a daily basis. It's a really bad habit and sometimes I slip in front of my mom. It usually happens when I'm mad or stressed or hit somethin on accident or something scares me. I think It isn't okay to cuss at all, that's why I'm trying to stop. I think for me it isn't lady like. I do seem to get creative with it too LOL. But I really am trying to stop.
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@Hart57 (360)
• United States
17 Dec 07
It's good that you're trying to "kick the habit," milondali07. I personally don't think there's any reason to go cold turkey, though. Cursing every now and then is not such a big deal. Thank you very much for responding. Cheers.
@Sissygrl (10999)
• Canada
17 Dec 07
I used to have a pretty foul mouth, but now my daughter can understand english, and i can't be having her learn those words! Sometimes i replace them with other similar sounding words. I say Fudge quite a bit, although id ont think that's much better then saying the real thing is it lol.. How about the C word? i have a friend who uses it pretty openly, and i have on occassion had it slip from my mouth, most people REALLY dont like that word, i dont understand why.
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@Hart57 (360)
• United States
17 Dec 07
Hmmm. The "C" word. Whatever do you mean by that, Sissygrl. ;-D Hey, thanks so much for your response. Come by and say hello anytime. Cheers!
• United States
17 Dec 07
I didn't realized I cussed until I had kids and they picked up a few words they said that "mommy said". I try to replace it with something like "pickles" or "darn". I don't like cussing in the workplace, I think it gives off a bad impression.
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@Hart57 (360)
• United States
17 Dec 07
Oh, most definitely, kimberlylynn, cussing in the workplace does create a bad impression. You can be sure that there is not one successful company that encourages the use of profanity -- unless its a company that publishes naughty books. ;-D
@TilaN1 (5)
• Canada
17 Dec 07
I know when and when not to use curse words. :)
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@Hart57 (360)
• United States
17 Dec 07
You're very wise, TilaN1. Very wise indeed.
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
16 Dec 07
I am not very prone to using obscenities and I do find they hurt my ears when I hear others use them, most especially the profane obscenities. my poor husband though ever since he started working at a factory he has adopted much of the language of the fellow workers, it is quite course (vulgar) - it must be difficult to hear such language all the time,be surrounded by it and not adopt it into your own usage. profanity has to do with taking holy things and treating them in a worldly manner vulgarity is crudeness swearing is taking a solemn oath cursing is hexing or d@mning another cussing is, I think derived from the word cursing
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@Hart57 (360)
• United States
17 Dec 07
I feel for your hubby, Modestah. That's an unpleasant environment to have to be in. Thanks so much for your response.
@foxyfire33 (10017)
• United States
16 Dec 07
I rarely cuss. I have to be REALLY angry for those words to come out. I won't go as far as saying it "coarsens the culture and has a harmful influence" but I just don't think it's necessary. S/o drops the F bomb the same way some people say 'like' before every other word. It's just aggravating and makes him look like an angry person that hates the world.
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@Hart57 (360)
• United States
17 Dec 07
I'm the same way, foxyfire33, I have to be awfully pissed before any profanity pours out of my lips. Thanks for a great response.
• United States
16 Dec 07
Ah. You should have said weather or not you do! Anyway, I have to admit, I cuss like a sailor. I'm wondering if you started this conversation because you read my poem on AC.....Twas the night before Christmas and all through the trailer.....
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@Hart57 (360)
• United States
17 Dec 07
Oh, I do, but almost never in public. Who knows, maybe I did subconsciosly start this discussion as a result of reading your poem. ;-D
• United States
16 Dec 07
I personally don't use too much profanity, especially not the "f-bomb", but sometimes when I just feel really angry and stressed, I tend to say it maybe a few times. haha. Other cuss words I say more often, but not regularly. I think to a point, it is a little harmful, because society already has a bad impression of those words, so it really makes someone feel low when you cuss them out just because you're angry or something like that. I get a little annoyed/offended when someone just uses it between words of every (or almost) every sentence they say, as if it's a fun adjective or something. I also get a little annoyed when people who do this don't respect the people who are religiously offended by it, like most Mormons at my school don't like to hear curse words and mostly everyone respects that and tries not to use them around them. It bothers me when cuss words replace proper English. Haha
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@Hart57 (360)
• United States
17 Dec 07
I also find it unsettling when a person peppers their conversation with the F-bomb. It's overkill, and it sounds so coarse and unrefined. Thanks for a great response, breadthless. Cheers.