Curse word: (n) a profane word, especially as used in anger or for emphasis
I just can’t keep up with the current scrutiny that determines what we have decided is profane.
For instance, early during the Civil War, should Admiral Farragut, during the Civil War, have said, “Darn the torpedoes!” instead of damning them? Or do we give him license because he was in the heat of battle and it’s our way of supporting the troops?
When the old-time revival preachers kept using the word “damned,” cursing people to “hell”—was that profane? Or was it merely offering a suggested punishment and potential destination?
Was it profane when Southerners for generations referred to the black race as “niggers?” (I even did it as a little kid. “Eeny-meeny-miney-moe, catch a nigger by his toe.” I was surprised when it was rewritten a few years later, and “nigger” was replaced with “tiger.” Nowadays I wonder if PETA would object to us tugging on the toes of tigers. Is that profane?)
Is it profane to sit in a health class with junior high school students and tell them about the vagina, the penis and explain the power of masturbation?
In speaking forth the level of disgust for something we don’t care about, is it all right to say, “Don’t give a shit?” Or should we change it to “don’t give a bumble-bee?”
I just really don’t know anymore.
When I was much younger, you weren’t allowed to say “God.”
Now we live in a world of “OMG.”
Somebody once corrected me for using the word “crap.” When I asked how they would finish the phrase “I don’t give a…” they piously offered the word “hoot.”
We know why we use profane words.
We know how this ceases to make them profane.
There are times when what we are saying is more important than being proper in our wording.
It’s why the word “ain’t” hangs around—for just the right slang moment.
Here are the five curse words or phrases I think should be eliminated:
- You will never…
That is pronouncing a curse on someone by limiting their possibilities.
- You are just like…
That is cursing someone with an identity they may very well be trying to escape.
- If you don’t believe, you can’t be saved.
Maybe I would believe if I saw that your belief did anything positive for you.
- You’re just a…
Anything that follows that phrase is a curse to limit the person you are speaking with, to a very small corner in a very tiny world.
- I don’t forgive you.
There is the ultimate curse.
So there are my curse words.
What in the fuck do you think?