The following blog may contain more swear words than I usually use. If you are sensitive to such things, get your local grade-school aged kid to come and read the blog for ya.
You have been warned!
I heard one of the most ridiculous things a few weeks back.
There is this new fella at work. He’s a good guy, hard worker, actually thinks. But, when he gets frustrated or pissed off, he curses a blue streak! Every second word is “Fuck” this and “Fuck” that. It was pretty hilarious.
As a joke, I started to comment on his swearing and that he wasn’t allowed to swear. He played along for a while, but then he said something that I thought was, as I said, one of the most ridiculous things I had ever heard. He said something along the lines of…
“Adults are allowed to swear, that how you know you are an adult.”
If that’s true, I was an adult after hearing the Rodeo Song!
(sidebar: if you don’t know the Rodeo Song, Google it. To a grade-school kid back in the 80’s, I was a hoot!
FYI: it was written by a Canadian, Gaye Delorme and first recorded by a Canadian band, Gary Lee and the Showdown! See! Canadians aren’t always polite!)
So, according to this nugget of logic, you know you’re an adult because you can swear. I got a good laugh at that, but then I started thinking about it, and about how much people swear.
We swear a lot. But I don’t think its a trait that “adults” use.
It has been my experience that the people who swear the most are usually trying to cover up or make-up for something they are lacking. For guys, it is trying to sound more manly, or trying to over-compensate for some perceived lack of “manliness”, whatever that might be. Don’t forget women! They can swear just as bad as the rest of them! But to me, women swearing is their attempt to compete with men, to show they are equals, such as they are.
All of this could be a load of Dingo’s kidneys. But no matter which way you slice it, someone, whether they be man or woman, when every second word out of their mouth is any of the Seven Words You Can’t Say on TV (as stated by George Carlin), they have problems expressing themselves and fill in the gasps with, well, shit!
Don’t get me wrong. I am by no means a prude. I swear.
But now, after my co-workers’ ridiculous comment, I am thinking more about the words I say, and how often I swear for no real reason, other than I am used to it.
Hey, how about testing yourself! Over the next few days or weeks, think about the amount of swear words you say and determine whether they are necessary (hurt yourself, really pissed off), or just a waste of words to make yourself sound more like an adult.