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Swearing and cussing? Sirrah! It’s a lot of craven murrain

November 30, 2014

Good post. Wooden swearing was the term used for not-so-bad words to swear with like–poop, cripes, jeeze. Now it’s no holds barred–say anything you like. Even taking the Lord’s name in vain is no longer looked down upon.
If a book has too much cussing, I won’t read it. I’ve changed channels on the TV when ads used the Lord’s name in vain. If they need to do that, I don’t need their product. I even quit watching a TV sitcom that I liked. The young boy took God’s name in vain for some unknown reason. They cut to a commercial and I went to another channel, never to return.
Don’t think me a prude. I did some cussing after they put me on a seizure med that I’m not proud to admit to. Plus, I nursed for over 40 years so I’ve heard my fair share of cuss words. However, when I have the option not to, I’ll use it.

Matthew Wright

The other week the Prime Minister of New Zealand used a word in public that literally means the ordure of a male cow. The colloquial meaning the PM deployed it for was ‘rubbish’.

William Shakespeare, the 'Flower' portrait c1820-1840, public domain via Wikimedia Commons. ‘Thou dankish unchin-snouted malt-worm!’ William Shakespeare, the ‘Flower’ portrait c1820-1840, public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Oooh, naughty. Or is it? Way back in 1970, the same word was publicly used by Germaine Greer when she visited New Zealand. Then, police issued an arrest warrant. This time? The PM is in the middle of an election campaign in which everything he says or does will win or lose voters – and nobody batted an eye.

But of course. In New Zealand, today’s generation don’t regard this term as particularly offensive. I’ve seen the same word used in book titles, in the US it was the title of a Penn and Teller series, and so on. But that’s swearing. Words come and go. If they didn’t…

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