"The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."
Friends, we have an epidemic. And no I am not talking about AIDS, obesity or swine flu, but the widespread use of extremely colourful words, words that used to be considered 'offensive' as part of our normal communication with others. Let's face it, profanity has become the norm, it is basically ubiquitous..... But I realised that things had gone too far when I overheard a conversation among children who looked like eight year olds (they were probably tweens) at a shopping centre last week. They threw around the f and c words so much I had to check my ears in a mirror to be certain that they had not actually turned blue! These kids were not fighting with each other; they seemed to be having a good time. So why did they think it was acceptable or even ok to use these words as nouns, verbs, adjectives and pronouns all within the same sentence? Why so much profanity? Because it seems like we are all doing it!! It is literally everywhere, on tv, on the radio, internet and in movies. It almost seems impossible to get away from it at all!
Profanity is now used to entertain us and everyone wants in. From Z listers on reality tv shows to presidents and politicans who say it as part of a misguided attempt to appear 'cool' or 'in touch'. Comedians say them to make us laugh and we all know that comedies won't be funny unless they let it rip a couple of times or more! I made the silly mistake of going to see Paul at cinema while I was in Trinidad. Basically it was about a weed smoking, obscenity spouting alien. And that was the sole basis of the 'comedy'. Soooo disappointing as it had potential. But clearly the scriptwriters thought liberal use of the f word made it funny enough. They didn't need anything else. Maybe it was novel the first time, but by the 50th time it was just stale. Ok, the alien swears....... Funny......... Yawn.........
It is the custom for many songs to have a censored and uncensored version. One of my favourite songs 'Forget you' by Cee- lo Green is in fact a watered down version of the much more shocking 'real' thing. It seems profanity guarantees success, from hit shows by celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsey to number one albums for artists. So am I simply being too old fashioned or out of touch? Is there nothing wrong with the use of foul language? How else can we express our frustrations, our anger, our emotions? It is just a bit of harmless fun after all. Isn't it?
So ask yourself this. Would it be ok if your boss used any of these words with you? Or would you think it was abusive? The f word has become more acceptable culturally but how about the c word? Is the latter really more obscene than the former? Where should we draw the line as a society? And how would you react if your child used it to you? Or even someone else's? Would you allow your students to use it? I mean if it is ok for adults then why isn't it for children? Or do you think it is ok for men to use expletives but not women? As they say, if it's good for the goose then it's good for the gander.......
Personally I don't use swear words. You will not find them anywhere on this blog. I read blogs where there may be one or two thrown in but I am definitely turned off if every other word is a swear word. But I don't argue or make a fuss. I just click the x at the top right of the screen. Poor DH sometimes lets himself slip (he doesn't have my upbringing as a princess) which usually results in the stare of death from me. Sometimes I simply ignore him. Even if it is accidental. Why? Because I think it is offensive and for many people it is just a bad habit. There are other and better ways of expressing your feelings!
So lovelies shall we start a revolution? We can call ourselves PAUOL - People Against the Use of Offensive Language (maybe I need to work on the acronyms a bit). We will aim to use the many other words in the English dictionary to express our emotions. We shall show future generations how to respect each other and that respect has to be earned and not demanded. And when we really need a release, we will substitute all bad words with the word 'falafel'. Why? Because it is utterly ridiculous! And it gives some idea of how silly it really is to use profanity just for the sake of it.
What the falafel is going on?
S(he) is so falafelling stupid.
Faaaaaalaaaaaaafeeeeeeel...... I am so falafelling bored.
Ok it's probably time for me to SHUT THE FALAFEL UP! Haha!
Have a great day :-)
P.S Of course please share your opinions by leaving a comment. As usual I look forward to reading what you have to say! Who wants to join the PAUOL revolution?