Sunday, June 24

"Bad" Language

What do you think about 'bad' language?
I tend to the idea that there is no 'bad' language. There is only 'language', & depdending on how or where it is used, it all has a place in our thoughts, speech, reading, & entertainment.

Sometimes I find swearing to be extremely funny. Depending on how or where it is used. And on occasions, a simple damn, can have more insult & venom than any other word.

Friends of ours have young children. Of course they bringing them up not to use swearing, & as they live in an area bordering on some rough elements it is inevitable that the kids will hear all sorts, at school.

The father was very intrigued when the younger son, of 7, came home & said, wide eyed, "Dad my friend knows all these swear words. And he even knows both the "F" words!"

Our friend didnt want to ask what the 'other' f word is, so we are left in the dark over that one.

We recently watched the movie "Little Miss Sunshine" which made us laugh, & it contains a fair amount of swearing, but all in context, I feel, & all humourous.

I can remember when I was young, I first heard 'real' swearing at school really. My Grandparents didnt swear, & our mother didnt swear as far as we knew.

As we got older we realised our uncles did a bit of swearing occasionally, especially at the dogs, at shearing time, & during mustering, but the word of choice was usually bugger or bloody.

Our Grandmother frowned upon us if we said damn or hell! Which seems unbelievable now!

I remember the boys at school giggling behind the bike sheds- yes, we really did have bike sheds- teaching all the girls swear words. And smoking. Somehow smoking & swearing seemed the perfect partners, in our young school days.


I would like to thank everyone for offering advice for the crossing out, & it is peeving me, as I cant find a reason to try it out, so maybe I will just try anyway.

These wonderful blocks have been left over from experiments, &/or projects I changed my mind about.

The colours have not shown up true to real life. The block on the extreme right, has a very loud yellow with the bright pattern, & the green is a lot brighter too. The central heart is actually a purple. I could use the house block for a label- I think that is originally what I made it to use as, but somehow it has languished in the box of unwanteds.

I see Finn is using hers, & has been posting about using orphas blocks, so it got me thinking about mine. I do have others, but am not sure where they are -haha. Time to have a clean up.

It is cold here today, & though the sun it out, & the sky is blue, it still seems very chilly.

I have just made a huge pot of very thick vegetable soup, so I will slurp into some of that to try to warm up!

Hope your Sunday is enjoyable.


Thimbleanna said...

Exactly. I feel just the same as you do about swearing. And sometimes, nothing will suffice but a well placed swear word! Good job on crossing out the word -- you've learned a new trick!

tracey petersen said...

I agree with you. Words are nothing more than a series of sounds. Whether they are good, bad or indifferent is just interpretation. The words that I consider bad are those which are directed at others, said with venom and intended to hurt. I have seen this done without a single swear word, which often makes the 'sayer' feel like they are still a good person.

Anonymous said...

Hi Meggie,
Thanks for visiting. The flowers in my book are made to use on quilts, wallhangings, bags, infact, anything you fancy. I have a 2nd book still to come by the same author. I love the Japanese look.
Have to agree about the swearing thing too. Although sometimes I feel it is overdone on some of the American films.
I used to get a laugh out of the 'Buggar' adverts which were around a couple of years ago.
I love your purple,white blue block with the heart. It is a very interesting one. Almost like a swastika!
Cheers for now,
Jenny in freezing Bendigo

Alice said...

Swearing was very taboo for children when I was young, although my father swore if he was annoyed, especially at the cows.

I tend to think that there is too much swearing now, especially in movies, and even on the street. However, years ago Tanya and I went to see the movie 'Priscilla, Queen of the Desert', which has many 'F' words in it, but we agreed that absolutely no other word would have been as effective and it was used so humourously. I agree that a well-chosen word can be totally right in context, and even very funny.

Jeanette said...

swearing was also taboo when I was growing up, but I have to say theres a time and place for everything even swearing,but not the f*** word not allowed at my house. and I like a drink and a good joke among friends.

Guðrún said...

Swearing was not a taboo when I was growing up, these are just words and if you are just talking to yourself it is ok for me, but if you are directing them to others to hurt their feelings it is not ok.

joyce said...

I don't swear because when I was teaching primary school I didn't want to slip accidentally, and the habit stuck, but I don't mind when others do. I find that since I virtually never swear, on the rare occasion when I do, people really sit up and take notice! Lol.

fifi said...

I never swore, and neither did my family.

Slavs swear like there is no tomorrow, and their native insults would make the most stoic person blanch. So creatively awful and rude.
I married one: he only swears occasionally now, but thankfully only in English.

Soooo disgusting.

Hope you had a lovely day and enjoyed your soup.

Lucy said...

Funny, I was just thinking about swearing today after typing out the f-word in a poem of Joe's and wondering if it would bother anyone...
My father never would have sworn at home in front of his children, but my brothers said they went to the haulage yard where he worked with him once and he was effing and blinding with the drivers and yardmen quite freely, even with his young sons there. Very much a question of time and place.
I once took temporary charge of a class of 8 year olds who had been rather neglected, and we decided we'd make a big poster to establish some rules. They said they didn't like swearing because it was what older children did and it made you feel small and stupid. We also talked about sign and their designs, red circles, triangles, blue ones for OK etc.
So the little lad who was doing the 'No swearing' sign did a big red circle with the words F*** OFF in it with a red line through it, and promptly got into trouble with all the others for swearing!

MargaretR said...

My 2 little GS of 6 and 7 recently went through a stage of swearing just because they thought it would annoy their parents. once it was ignored the swearing disappeared. I don't like the 'f' word either because it is an insult to an act that should show love maybe?

Linds said...

I wish you could hear some of the language I have to put up with at school. I have raised 3 children, and they are no saints, but I was amazed at the way the kids speak today.

Isabelle said...

I agree with Linds - some of our students swear (not to the lecturers, thankfully)just as an automatic thing. It's entirely meaningless. And I don't like it.

Elaine Adair said...

Re: swearing and bad language. Seldom do I swear or curse - seems like a poor use of language when a better word would do. Maybe we use swear words because we cannot think of the better words? I HATE using God's name, for silly irritations - again, it seems like an improvement to one's vocabulary is what's needed, not the same old swearing.

Well, I DO work in a church, and it really would be a poor decision to be careless with swearing.

Elaine Adair said...

I see Two Neocounters on your site!

Molly said...

I remember being reprimanded by my Dad for saying "damn". It seems so mild now.

Tanya Brown said...

I largely agree with you regarding "bad" language; it's all so very arbitrary and changes over time. I try to be careful about how I speak around others, though, because I don't want to give offense. Also, it's nice to have a few "special" words in reserve in case I smash my thumb with a hammer or drop a heavy object on a toe. There are times when delicately saying "Oh, my goodness!" just doesn't cut it.

I would very much like to know what the other "F" word is, though.

meggie said...

Yes Tanya, we all would like to know about the second "F" word!

When my daughter was born, there was a girl in the ward, who swore continuously, about everything, from food to her baby.
One of the nurses said "Dont swear, there are much worse things to say- like 'hairs on mens legs, & toilet seats!'"
We all burst out laughing & I have never forgotten that advice.