Friday, May 15, 2009

I Swear

After blogging about my daughters wonderful ability to stand on her won two feet about what she believes in, it got me to thinking. Why do we swear, curse, use foul language. My sister says because we, as adults, have earned that right. I disagree. Like I stated previously, I can stand toe to toe with the best...or worse of sailors. But I came to a decision about swearing.

I am going to swear off swearing for 30 days, just to see if I can do it. I mean I am guessing that most of us can hold on a normal conversation without having to colorize it with that sort of language. Does swearing make us feel more important, get us noticed more, make the joke funnier? Think about it. We will still talk if the swear words are taken away, I am always important, I don't know about you folks, and I can tell a joke and never let a swear word slip through my lips.

I did have 2 slip ups already. The first one was last night at dinner, but I swerved that one off to the side, but my daughter heard it and caught it as well. This morning I was in my garden, barefoot, and on the way back into the house I stepped on a dried up stem from a thorn bush. the language flew. My daughter was right beside me and I told her this was an exception to the rule. That $@!&*) thorn drew blood. We both laughed.

I am about one week into going egg free for one month and now the swearing. Dag-nab-it, I hope to succeed on both fronts. Wish me luck.


Tara B. said...

Wishing you luck on that!

I have gotten better over the years, usually only slips out when I get injured or drop something, etc..

I am pretty forgiving of such slip ups in others, but I don't like hearing every other word coming out of a persons mouth being a swear word, makes me think they're not educated or have a very developed vocabulary so they're trying to make up for it...

Volly said...

I'm a native New Yorker who moved to Georgia about 23 years ago. I think within 24 hours, I caught on that people in the south traditionally do not swear, especially religious-type vocabulary such as GD or H. So I cleaned up my potty mouth and am now mildly shocked when I hear curses. Interestingly, back up north, people swear at will, but it's gestures that can be classified as "fightin' words" up there. Hand signals, eye contact, use them at your risk.

Life is funny.