Asshole. Shit. Fuck. These words do not offend me; after all, I’ve been around a long time and in a lot of places, including the military. To be offended means I have to take offense, and I don’t. I pray these first three words of my blog do not offend you, dear reader.

But they do indicate what I call the coarsening of America. English is the language with the largest lexicon in the world, so why not take the time to come up with a better way of expressing strong feelings? I know those first three words of this blog are used for emphasis. While it works, it saddens me to see them used so often, especially in the social media. In literature, I understand. In movies, I’m not so sure. But when I go to Facebook those words are all over the place. See for yourself.

That’s not to say I’ve never used such strong Anglo-Saxonisms myself. But I do rarely, and only in my private, personal life, when no one is around. At specific times. Such as when I see a snake. By surprise.

Instead of writing, “Fuck you, England, you assholes are full of shit,” this Irish guy wrote “A Modest Proposal.” And isn’t that better?

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2 Responses to *&%^$#@^*&^$

  1. I can truly appreciate this… It’s an interesting line we teeter on on the blogosphere. I think it all depends on your audience, and that is the most important thing to consider.

    I have a trash mouth, but there’s a time and a place for it. Not everyone wants to hear it. Sadly, people aren’t going to clean it up on public platforms.

  2. Erin says:

    It bothers me in particular on public domains such as facebook. It’s like an insult being thrown at me, even if the words have nothing to do with me. I think it bothers me because of the diverse ages on facebook. I have a cousin who is a mere 13 on there. I wouldn’t cuss in front of her, why would I use written language she can read. I’m not sure that I care about offending people… my political views take care of that most often, heh, but I think I look at it as common courtesy. Ah, my southern roots may be showing, though I think I have now said all three of those words in front of my parents… but not without a little flinch. sigh.

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