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cursing is one of those things i just don’t like.  i’ll put up with it, and i’ll listen to it, but i really wish people didn’t curse.  earlier, i noted that sometimes cursing makes something funnier than it would be without it.  and i stick by that.  i don’t fully understand what the point of cursing is.  at the core of it, i understand it to be a way to emphasize a point whether it be frustration, anger, a really important piece of information, or humor.

i remember in elementary school, you would get into so much trouble when you cursed.  and me, being the good, model student, knew that i should obey the rules.  i shouldn’t curse cause i’d get in trouble and to be a good student, i shouldn’t curse.  i remember a childhood friend of mine would curse on the busride to school and everytime he did, i’d flick him on the forehead.  he wouldn’t be mad, but i think soon after that he stopped cursing.  friends in elementary school would try to get me to curse because they knew i didn’t.  i accidentally said shit one time and they went crazy.

isn’t it funny how these 4 and 5 letter words are held at a different respect than the rest of the words in the english vocabulary?  it’s funny how certain letters put together are prohibited by some, and used with great liberty by others.  so why don’t i like cursing?  well, to me, it shows a lack of self-control.  personally i think curse words should be used when absolutely necessary.  and i know that the necessity to use curse words doesn’t come up too often, which is my point.  but if i just desperately needed to make a point, and i used a curse word, don’t you think people would listen?

i don’t mind cursing too much, it’s just when people do it so much that it just gets annoying.  every once in a while is fine.  the funny part is, being in seminary, i’ve actually heard more cursing from both professors and students than i have in undergrad.  and i know a lot of what makes me dislike cursing is that elementary rule still sticks in my head.  that cursing is wrong.  i almost expect my old elementary school teachers to come out and give demerits to people who curse.


Written by enoch

August 18, 2008 at 8:38 pm

Posted in social observation

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  1. lemme tell ya why……….(in many, but not all cases of curse words)

    once upon a time, english (which is germanic) was the language of the poorest class (thanks to the stinking french – whose language is from the oh-so-revered latin), so english words for things became the dirty words.

    for example – you “urinate” from the latin, and you “p!ss” from old english/low german. also, you “defecate” from the latin, and you sh!t from your english.

    all because harold (henry?) lost the fateful battle of hastings in good old 1066, and the french overran england and ruined its language.

    while i’m in a pedantic mood, that’s also why we have different names for animals and their respective cuts of meat. if it’s grazing, mooing, and otherwise living the life, it’s a cow. if it’s in your butcher’s meat locker, it’s beef. this is because the english-speaking lower classes, ie, the one’s raising cattle, used their own words for the animals, but when conversing with the buyers, the stinking ruling-class french, they used their customers’ word – boeuf, or boef, i forget which because i am getting old and senile.

    sorry, this is horrendously long-winded. i am supposed to be studying; thus, i’m inclined to do anything else, like taking over your blog.

    lil' j

    August 18, 2008 at 9:48 pm

  2. I’ve never heard you curse, and I think it’s cute that your sister doesn’t curse at karaoke. I have heard you say “freaking!”s and “son-of-a”s when playing Mario Kart, but I noticed that when you get really really mad you just yell out in frustration.

    I have been yelling out in frustration a lot lately in Hank Hill style “BAHHHHHHHHHH!”s.



    August 19, 2008 at 12:42 am

  3. i didn’t know ‘piss’ was a bad word. i mean it sounds unpleasant but i didn’t know it was bad. anyhoo, there’s numerous reasons but being an archi major makes you curse a lot. i still do but i’ll make sure i don’t in front of you.. (sorry)


    August 19, 2008 at 9:07 am

  4. yea, cursing is a weird thing. When i hear girls use curse words it makes me cringe, but when I hear comedians like Dave Chappelle curse I laugh like crazy. So weird….


    August 19, 2008 at 11:36 am

  5. ive picked up on the c word from my mentores….^____^


    August 19, 2008 at 7:11 pm

  6. Ned Flanders is I never hear him curses before. Come up with replacement words like Gooby Gobbly Goo.


    August 19, 2008 at 9:52 pm

  7. i’ve been cursing more ever since i’ve been working at the restaurant.


    August 24, 2008 at 1:15 pm

  8. what a cute picture!! little enoch flicking on his friends’ forehead lol.

    i think i read an article or heard one of those unnecessary “news” on this: people who tend to curse a lot tend to lose their vocabulary memory. why?
    consider this,
    “dude~ that f*ing s**t almost f*ed me up by f*ing cutting in front of f*ing car!”
    which can be said,
    “dude~ that red car almost got me into an accident by suddently cutting in front of my new car!”
    by cursing, people tend to subsitute their adjectives, adverbs and some others with curse words: expression level: 0%.


    August 29, 2008 at 9:37 am

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