To cuss or not to cuss? That is the fuckin’ question.
I’ve heard it all. Cussing means you’re intelligent. Cussing shows lack of creativity. Cussing is a bad influence on others. Whatever it means, most people either use bad words or they don’t. The remaining people use it only when they feel it is absolutely necessary. So, what’s the right answer? Which group are you in?
I’m a curser. But only because it means I’m smarter…I kid. I’m a writer. I express myself. And I’m OK with whatever label is bestowed upon me (ohhh fancy talk).
“Charles, you cuss too much.”
“Yeah, but I was a sailor, what do you want from me?”
“But you were cussing before you were in the Navy.”
Everyone who’s ever said that – 1
Me – 0
Why do we cuss?
I use bad words like shit, fuck, and damn fairly regularly. Do I feel bad about it? Mostly, no. Occasionally I feel bad when I use them out of anger or in front of the kids, but even a kid can understand when something needs a little more emphasis.
“Clean up this damn mess! Now!”
Perhaps. I can see how those words can offend people. It’s a thing nowadays to be offended by someone’s words. So, riddle me this: Why is OK for someone to say dag-na-bit, shoot, or dang it? Words are simply airwaves being pushed out from our lungs and manipulated by our vocal cords. That’s it! They aren’t some magical thing inherent to the workings of the universe! Just air. The word “love” could just as easily ended up being “shit”.
“I shit the love out of you!”
Maybe in a parallel universe those two words are switched and teenager girls all over the world are screaming how they shit Justin Bieber. I don’t know for sure, but it could be possible.
So, when someone says “freakin’” instead of “fuckin’”, aren’t they really saying the same thing? If you had never heard one word of English and you heard one angry shout that contained cuss words and one that didn’t, would you be able to tell the difference? I doubt it.
You don’t have to like it.
I’m not advocating that you should like cussing. I’m not even saying you have to listen to me or buy my books because there are bad words in them. Of course, the last one was about a demented serial killer, so it would be weird if I didn’t use bad language. All I’m saying is I’ll express myself the way I want to and you express yourself the way you want to. Life would be easy that way, no? Life’s too short to get caught up with foul language. So, chill out. Take a breather. And fuckin’ relax…