Friday, January 22, 2016
CURSE WORDS AND OTHER EXPLETIVES
It has been said that there are too few words in the English language to express strength of feeling. We must remember that the proper Englishman, when his ire rose, might have exclaimed ‘Poo to you with knobs on,’ or if he was really pissed, call you a Cad or a Bounder. Then we add in the obsessive control of the Puritan Christians, carried on today by the Christian fundamentalist, and we can see why mere words are band from ‘proper’ conversation.
Whenever I hear someone use Effin as a place holder for fuck, or substitute Fudge, I feel like yelling: ‘Say fuck, you fucking moron – it is just a word.
Expressions should be colorful and anger should be express with resolve.
My go to is always: Fuck me silly – sometimes with less passion just crap. Personally I don’t use the word Shit too often, you’re welcome to; but to me it just sounds nasty.
I had an old Mainer friend that use to cry out: God damn I. Should it have been God damn me: Me is God damned; I am God damned – hell I don’t know?
An uncle in Mississippi always exploded: Shit, Fire and molasses. That does sound expressive doesn’t it?
I love these sayings. Someone should collect and publish them, so the rest of us can choose among them and be more colorful in our speech.
But my pet peeve is the word FUCK. Only in some fucked up Christian parallel universe could you take a word that connotes the height of passionate and personal sharing between two friends and turn it into something nasty – and explicative of anger and disgust.
Bastard, cock sucker, mother fucker etc. are not really explicative – they are words of angry personal attack. Not that they are not warranted in some instances; but they do express disdain on the verge of violence – something to be carefully considered.
Well, fuck me silly – it is almost time for breakfast.
Have a good day
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