(Caution: This article contains salty words)
The shock I feel when I hear my sweet little child swear never quite goes away.
Who said that? I think, still jolted off balance. Where did he learn that kind of language anyway?
In our case it was the tram: a treacherous place where my children are receiving their first exposure to the Real World.
In our urban Swiss life-style, our ride to school comes complete with teenagers making their way to the English language high school. It makes me cringe every time I hear a high schooler drop some “colorful metaphors” (as the late, great Leonard Nimoy called them in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home). I always look at my children to see if they are listening.
And, of course, they always are.
Swearing. Curses. Profanities. Obscenities. Vulgarities. Expletives. Everyone uses them at some point. Some people have perfected the art of speaking complete sentences made entirely out of expletives. Comedians thrive on the titillation they create with salty language. For example, George Carlin’s most popular routine was his Seven Words You Can’t Say on TV.
Our society is fascinated with swearing. From explicit lyric labels to FCC regulations, it seems we spend a great deal of energy thinking about colorful language.
Is swearing ever okay though?