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To curse or not to curse...

April 15, 2009 - Erin O'Neill
I wrote an article recently about cursing and whether or not the use of "dirty" words is on the rise with people being more, you know, jerky to one another.

It prompted me to consider my own use of the words most of our society considers taboo and I came to the decision that I have a pretty foul mouth but know how to rein it in. I don't think it is appropriate or professional to curse in a work setting, in mixed company or in front of children. I find myself thinking less of people who use the words just to use them because it shows a lack of restraint and vocabulary skills. However, if you tick me off, you might get an earful.

Looking back, I remember writing a blog about my daughter's first use of a mild bad word, at a movie theater no less, and promising to explain where she picked it up.

Well I'm slightly ashamed to admit but I am a huge fan of the show "Family Guy" and it will sometimes just happen to be on my television while my child is within earshot. If you've never seen the show, let me just say even I am sometimes shocked at the lengths to which they will go for a laugh - and I'm bitter, sarcastic and snarky.

The show is not for children and I can back this up because my child is a sponge and has managed to absorb — and kind of comprehend — things I never would have imagined.

Knowing that she has already picked up some questionable things from a TV show makes me a lot more conscious of what I allow her to watch now and what words I let slip in front of her.

Believe me, though, I'm not trying to be preachy. I don't approve of censorship. I had a George Carlin poster of the "7 Deadly Words" on my wall in my college dorm room.

I just think there is a time and a place and if you don't like it, well too @#$&! bad!


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