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A great 'fuck' is irreplaceable.

DECEMBER 26, 2011

I'm not much for disclaimers, this space is an outlet for my random thoughts and I'm not forcing any of you to keep reading. However, since profanity is the topic here and since profanity is offensive to some here goes the disclaimer: 

The content of this post deals with mature subject matter that is not
suitable for children and may be offensive to some readers.
If you are sensitive to humorous but not the most appropriate topics
please pick up a copy of 'Mary Poppins' at a book store near you and enjoy. 
On the other hand, if you're thick skinned and open minded read at your own risk.

That takes care of the formalities, now lets move on.

What I am about to say will make English teachers cringe. Profanity is really not so bad and in some instances it is indispensable. 'Fuck' is ok! At least it's a real word, unlike lol, idk, omg, wtf, brb, lmao and all the other acronym sentences floating around. I believe that words are just that, words. We are the ones who give them their power, we are the ones who give them their meaning. I also believe that 'fuck' can be great and a great 'fuck' is irreplaceable. Consider the following scenarios:

Smashing your funny bone. First of all that shit is not funny. Secondly, as the feeling of immense pain and the urge to throw up overcomes your body "fudge" doesn't  appropriately describe what just took place. Now, not only are you in pain, but the words "oh fudge that hurts" are coming out of your mouth. That has to be so unsatisfying, plus you look like an idiot. You might pull it off if you're a child, otherwise just let that 'fuck' slip! You're a grown up and the world can handle it.

That 'I'm so blown away' moment. There are moments in each of our lives which take our breath away or challenge our comprehension. Falling in love. Seeing a lunar eclipse. Getting hit by a semi-truck and surviving. Falling off of a ladder and dying. A stranger's kindness. The workings of the human body. The synchronicity of the universe. The truth is that complex phenomenon surround all of us. I don't know about you but many of them make me think "holy fuck, that's incredible!" Some might consider this vulgar however, as I see it, "gee whiz that's neat" just doesn't do that blown away moment justice.

The third event in the bad event trinity. I don't know if bad things actually happen in three's because it is the natural state of our world? Or because everyone says that bad things happen in three's so that is the pattern we pay attention to? Nonetheless, that isn't really the point here. When a string of  terrible stuff happens you don't want to be left with - "oh gosh darn it, that's just so unfortunate I really hope my luck goes back to being super dooper soon." Since we're not in a TV show from the 50's think Reese Witherspoon circa Pleasentville, it's safe to say that in some instances you just want to say "fuck this is brutal!" and I don't blame you. There really is only so much we can take. 

The bedroom. This is pretty self-explanatory. 

Please do not misunderstand what I'm trying to say. I'm not proposing that we walk around swearing with every sentence and teach our children the joys of using 'fuck' in their language. I am educated, polite and fully understand that profanity has no place in certain situations. What I am saying is that like everything else, used appropriately and in moderation profanity has it's place in the way we communicate because we have given it a meaning which can't be easily replaced.

Let me know what you think.

Cheers,

the outspoken introvert




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