Oh Shirt! My Ash has been dammed by a firetruck and a female dog.
by Nic Olson
For much too long have I avoided this subject. Probably because 90% of the people that read this blog are over the age of forty. The other ten percent are unpopular young adults. Like me.
I grew up/am growing up in a family that doesn’t use angry cursing language worse than ‘Rats!’ and ‘Phooey!’. One time I thought my dad swore, but I was only 8 years old and I thought ‘wuss’ was considered cussing. Apparently not. Since I am the age of the majority and I’m old enough to start my own family(…..) I figure I’m old enough to have my own stance on these words that have been inappropriately deemed inappropriate by our society.
For numerous reasons, I just don’t understand the taboo that is the swear. If you are basing your decisions on the Bible (and God knows you should. Get it?) then the only swears you should not use are the ones using ‘the Lords name in vain’. I don’t think there is a verse in Deuteronomy that lists all the dirtiest English words that can’t be in a PG movie. Most of the words considered rude were ones openly used in the King James Version of the Bible. And even in songs sung in the church….. (omg!)
I don’t know any other languages. I know about four phrases in French. (C’est la but! = It’s a goal!) and a few phrases in Mizo (Ting pui edo em? = Would you like some tea?) and like four words in Greek, but from my very limited experience, English is a wordy language. So many words for so many things, and my vocabulary obviously doesn’t surpass much besides the dreaded descriptive English words like ‘beautiful’ and ‘said’. I do know that there is like nine words for any single thing you want to describe. Out of those nine, one usually works the best. Why then, should we go throw out five or six of our best and most descriptive words in the language because some 17th Century English monk said that his porridge tasted like horse-feces and the Pope didn’t like it and cut off his head?
Tomorrow, boldly say a swear to yourself and then quietly laugh about it alone. Read a swear graffiti-ed on the wall, and give it a thumbs up. Flip yourself off in the mirror, then flex your pecs.
I went through this whole blog without even throwing in a swear. I did this because I know lots of people don’t appreciate these words, without even understanding why.
All the best movies out there have about nine thousand F-bombs. Does that make it bad writing? Martin Scorsese would say no.
Or maybe he’d say F no.
oh phooey.this was funny.forget tomorrow though, i’m boldly swearing at myself today.seriously nic,you really should write a book.
get bent.then go look up what that means on urbandictionary.comits funny. serious.
Im definitely an unpopular adult just like you. I still swear although I too was brought up in a christian house where no swearing was/is allowed. The worst swear I ever heard my dad say was “bowl of soup” in dutch. haha apparently thats a swear. and since it was in dutch he figured we wouldn’t understand anyway. strange.
great blog. by the way, I am 100% in going to India. I am saving the money, talked to Ray and we are ready to go. Beginning of May to Late may in Ghuwatti, then 5 days in Oman. How does that sound? F’in amazing I know. Email me about this and we can figure out. ty.
HaHa. Good to have you back Nick. I’ve thought about these same things many times. Where I’ve landed on the whole thing is swearing is wrong because it offends people and God knows the bible talks a lot about that. I do however think its ok to swear when engaged in any of the following things:1. Hanging Blinds2. Untangling Christmas Lights 3. Hanging Christmas Lights4. Taking down Christmas Lights5. Watching the Oilers defensemen Here’s a funny. When I was younger I was not allowed to say Fart. My mom made me say “I burped from the other end.” True story.
we just had a talk about this in school, some people insulted by the profanity in the halls. Swearing doesn’t have anything to do with the Bible, and it doesn’t really have anything to do with the word – cause they change all the time (eg. screw you, shut up, bugger) – society will always need “bad words”, you need something to say when you stub your toe, and something to say when you want to insult someone. For me it’s all about context. And in advance – I agree with John(I’m thinking about putting up xmas lights this weekend) and I agree that the oilers are terrible.Tim
I read your post and then laughed about the time when you were just a little guy and you opened the door and used a line (and a swear) from “Home Alone” when the lady at the door asked to come in. Man that story makes me laugh every time.