Someone told me it was remarkable that swearing is not part of my daily lexicon. Especially since in our university and college, everybody swears. And if you entered a clean-mouthed innocent, you would surely exit as a brand new person, with a mouth filthier than Eminem’s album.
It’s true; and not just in my university. Practically everyone I work with right now swears each time s/he exhales.
Many of their swear words are too Hollywood, too, in my opinion. I mean, as I see it, “natural” swear words that have entered the colloquial vocabulary of Filipinos are g-go, tara—-o, p–a, and p–angina.
Meanwhile, English swear words would include sh-t (pronounced shet), f——t (pronounced pakshet), and FY (pronounced pakyu), but all used as independent interjections and not as a verb.
But lately, my gosh, I hear f–king, effin’, motherf–king used as a linking verb and inserted every other word. When did we as a people start talking like that? I find it so pretentious.
I am very uncomfortable hearing people swear, truth be told. My swear quotient is that of a four-year old, I suppose. If I could cover my ears each time I hear one, I would.
But, I do swear, too. Sometimes. When things go horribly wrong or I’m terribly upset. I just take pains not to let it take over my speech…
…because swearing is sin. To curse someone, and say his mother is a prostitute, dishonours God and very hurtful to the persons in question.
… Because I subscribe to Strunk and White’s Rule17 and it’s an unnecessary word. I want my every word to tell. And when I do swear, I want that word to tell the emotion I mean.
… Because it was not part of my upbringing. That was my answer to my friend. My parents never swore as part of a regular sentence. So when they did, we knew that they were really mad. You tend to pick up those things as you grow up.
… Because I believe all swearing contribute to the gray cloud in the universe looming over our heads. Why is the entire world so angry and getting bellicose by the minute?
While I am on the subject, why is it that expletives are directed to mothers? Society speaks of honouring mothers as the best person on earth, but we curse all mothers in our daily speech. I don’t get it.
I wish when I become a benevolent dictator one day I would be able to outlaw swearing. Because it’s ugly! Tee hee!