Cusswords Part One And A Half

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on July 17, 2010

The wordpress homepage linked to a post on the benefits of “swearing”. Since Chamblee54 had a post about *donkeys* the other day, maybe this is a good subject to continue on. As before, this is a profanity light blog, and this discussion on cussing will not have any examples. If you do not know any of the words in question, then you need to get out more.

It seems like a grant monger at a university did a study. (PG thinks that people will believe anything if it is the result of a study or survey). The subjects were asked to hold their hands in freezing water. Half of the subjects were allowed to say a swearword of their choice, the other half said a non expletive control word. The cussers (spell check suggestions:customers, accusers) felt less pain. PG does not know how this was measured, or whether he believes this study.

Mark Twain is famous for a similar thought. “Under certain circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.” In an ironic twist, Mr. Twain published his books in an era when swearing in print was not acceptable. As a result, his novels are profanity free. ( It has been a while since PG read “Tom Sawyer”, and he may be mistaken ).

The reference to prayer is another twist in this tale. Much of the objection to profanity is from Jesus Worshipers. These are people who consider the Bible to be “the word of G-d”. And yet, if you go to the Greek and Hebrew original texts, you will find every body part and reproductive act mentioned. It seems to PG that a ban on cussing is more of a social issue than a moral one.

Jesus Worshipers have the same anger management issues as non believers. PG has noticed that often JWs will use words like Jesus and G-d as a device for expressing displeasure. This does not speak well for either Jesus or G-d, and is a violation of the Third Commandment. Perhaps these believers would be better off to use words for body parts as insults, instead of a reference to G-d.

The subject of profanity is fertile ground for bloggers, and PG will return to it before long. Before we go today, there are a few more comments from the post that started this. The Mark Twain quotes page about profanity is valuable. (And if the opposite of pro is con, what is confanity?)

“The idea that no gentleman ever swears is all wrong. He can swear and still be a gentleman if he does it in a nice and benevolent and affectionate way.” Mark Twain

“There ought to be a room in every house to swear in. It’s dangerous to have to repress an emotion like that.” Mark Twain

“When angry count four; when very angry, swear.” Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar
“swearing is like perfume. used intelligently in small doses – it can enhance the meaning of a phrase. if it’s cheap and overwhelmingly applied – it can make you leave the room! kaiamaeve
I must confess, I quite like swearing. But, like everything, try to do it in moderation. A good oath blurted out at the right time can really emphasize a message. I don’t think I know any adults who never swear, but I know many who rarely let out a good curse-word and, when they do, you know they really mean it. They make it count. Andrew Berthoff
I had my days at military school where I cussed like, well, a soldier, and I’ve also had my church-going days where I promised myself that I didn’t swear at all. Those days are both behind me now, and I really try to not swear very much because I think it makes me sound like an  moron. Nathan

This is a repost. Pictures from the ” Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”

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  1. I Write Like « Chamblee54 said, on July 18, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    […] or cut his hands off. (Voice activation software makes this a moot point). A recent post about profanity..always a crowd pleaser…is pasted in. “I write like Cory Doctorow”. It is time to […]

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