When did profanity cross the line into our normal vocabulary. This is an area where less is most definitely more but we have forgotten this. Everyday language is littered with profanity but I don’t know when this started. We still scold our children for swearing but as adults bad language has become the norm.
I love listening to a good speaker, someone with a wide vocabulary and eloquent tone. We have a rich language and for those that use it well it provides a superb tool. We all know that by allowing profanity into our everyday language we are being lazy. Not only does this detract from our conversation but it detracts from our emotional range. If you swear in normal conversation how do you show your ire? Increased volume and gestures seem to be all we have left.
I will be making an effort to push profanity out of my daily language. This is not a moral or politeness issue. I have a vast vocabulary and I want to exercise it to get my point across not rely on profanity. So if you speak to me and I pause or stall this is not early dementia, its silent swearing.