Profanity Is Not A Language

Alternate title: Pardon My French. George Carlin, sir, I know you use it ironically and as hyperbole, but this is different.
  1. Is it me, or does most kids, young adults and adults on occasion speak profanity like it's their second language?
  2. I know it's pretty commonplace but why so often and not at all?
    I'm all for freedom of speech, but there's a better way to present your thoughts. Besides, out of the 3/4 of a million words in the English language, you can't find an alternate word to use?
  3. It seems like the word "like" would be better off being removed from our vocabulary and instead be replaced with salacious slang.
  4. Every other fifth, third, and every other word is being tainted with obscenities.
  5. Don't even get me started on "selfie" or "twerk."
    I'm proud to say I don't practice either.
  6. But George Carlin raises a good point:
  7. How can we designate words that are bad to use from words that are good to use?
  8. I see his argument as subjective. That words only hold the meaning we give them.
  9. My take on the matter is this.
  10. Take the word "gay" for example.
    I know it's not profanity, but it can be used in a derogatory way.
  11. The word "gay" means and still does mean "happy" but has since been used, positively, as a synonym for homosexuality.
  12. "Gay" has been accepted for having this meaning and I don't see a problem in that.
  13. Words like n*gger or f*ggot have a history however.
  14. Words like these are hard to make positive uses for.
  15. Some have tried to convince themselves that the term is something they call each other in jest or as a badge of honor, yet not everybody does.
  16. When I think of these choice words, I associate them with ignorance and bias.
  17. Whatever context you put them in, whatever meaning they hold for that individual, will forever be either positive or negative.
  18. Are curses all bad then?
  19. Some are harmless like "damn" and "ass."
    But I'm still not sure how a dam became "damn" and a donkey was ever a "jackass" let alone an "ass." Maybe its name was Jack?
  20. Others are hurtful and don't have any other meanings.
  21. Again, subjectivity leaves it up to the speaker to decide.
  22. I myself choose not to speak them at the risk of insulting my intelligence.
  23. The only exception I found acceptable came from Stephen King's "On Writing."
    In his book, he says the bad words aren't for him to use. It's for the characters to use.
  24. If a character is bigoted, or worse an actual person, then it would come as no surprise to them that these words are ordinary and extraordinary.
  25. For those who only speak them in conversations that detest the ignorance that birthed them, they only wish to make them known to advise against them.
  26. Another example is the word sh*t.
  27. I've heard people say, "Don't touch my sh*t!"
  28. I'm sitting there thinking, "Who wants to touch your excrement?"
  29. More importantly I thought, "Who calls their belongings 'sh*t'?"
  30. The meaning of that word has the literal definition of stool.
  31. People have instilled this replacement definition for everything that word implies instead of using the words that describe what that quote unquote "sh*t" is.
  32. To me it's just a lazy way to speak the language.
  33. How many scripts are filled to the margins with vulgarities for each movie.
  34. All I take that as is a writer's complete inability to gather a thought.
  35. An F-bomb used in succession and so often is like a series of harsh "Uh's."
  36. They're pauses in the script when there's no possible way to describe these range of feelings a character could have.
  37. No other way but a long bout of F-bombs stringed together.
  38. That is plain, bad writing.
  39. Just look at this script for the delayed Fahrenheit 451 film.
  40. "Does a bear sh*t in the woods?" Really?
  41. What was wrong with the source material?
  42. Fahrenheit 451 isn't hard to make into a script. The book is practically a script!
  43. Abhorrent and complete misconduct and neglect of a writer's expertise in the field.
  44. Why undermine a good use of language for something much, much less?
  45. Why do we try so hard to marginalize ourselves?
  46. The TV, the phones, the computers. They all influence our information intake.
  47. The biggest influence is arguably our way of speaking.
  48. Li.st has us slow down, consider each item before moving on to the next box.
    It's almost like using a typewriter.
  49. Thoughts and words may be concise but they hold a lot more meaning when they are constructed carefully and it shows.
  50. I'm not saying we can do away with profanities all together.
  51. There's always someone to test the waters.
    Talk dirty to me!
  52. But I think there is a balance to be made when a character is speaking or when a person is addressed.
  53. I don't speak out of turn like that because I don't want to insult my intelligence.
  54. But that's just the voice I chose.