Swearing, it’s healthy
Warning: There is strong language ahead.
I’m pretty sure you’ve heard about the “No Cussing Club”. If you haven’t finished laughing yet, and you’re in California, then here’s a reason to (sadly) stop. The state has declared the first week of March a “No Cussing Week”, and it’s possible that it becomes a week-long ban on swearing if it goes through senate. The first thing that comes to mind is, of all governors, how would Schwarzenegger let this pass? Second of all, what about the First Amendment?
Anyways, back to why it is healthy. Now, I’m not suggesting you swear like a sailor, but it is an efficient and safe way to redirect anger. The English vocabulary is large, but there’s no word that can demonstrate how frustrated you are as a good, loud, ‘fuck’ (disregard the sexual context behind that phrase). It makes communication easier, it motivates, and it lets people know how fucking serious you are.
The idea that swearing may lead to bullying and drug use are just stupid accusations. Sure, harsher words make for easier bullying, but remember some of those childhood insults? Four-eyes, bed-wetter, cry-baby. Do you see any swearing? The lack of swearing doesn’t stop bullying. In fact, again, swearing can help you explain how you don’t like taking shit from anyone.
My proposal? Swear as much as you can without looking like a total asshole. Run into things (not at an insane pace) so you can let out a loud ‘shit’ without being mean. Don’t make love, fuck. And your dog? A son of a bitch. Fuck yeah.
In honour of swearing, here’s George Carlin.