To Swear or Not To Swear, That Is The Question

You know, I make a concerted effort to avoid expletives and swearing on my blog posts. I’d say there was a time when I did in my speech as well. I’ve actually often debated if it matters or I should even care. I’ve thought about this on more than one occasion over the last several years.

Ultimately I come to the conclusion that I myself don’t care either way. They’re just words. They are not necessarily good or bad in and of themselves. In a way this probably guides the lack of effort to control my verbal speech as strongly as the written word is.

It is, however, important to others. At the minimum it’s extremely impolite. It’s possible to communicate fairly effectively without them, except maybe when discussing the words in and of themselves. Using them casually is considered unprofessional and only closes doors, for the most part.

It’s also worth pointing out that while words are merely symbols that represent some form of idea, some ideas are probably best left, well, unexpressed. While I don’t take much issue with most swearing, I have a particularly low tolerance for slurs. In a modern context I’d go so far as to say they’re the true swearing. Most of them have the baked in idea that the receiver is inferior, somehow less human.

Yet, if I treat them the way I would honestly like to, the same way they’re treating the object of their language, then I’m ultimately not any better, just more socially acceptable.

Either way, that’s getting a bit weird and off topic.

Looking for a that doesn’t curse. Last thing I need is for my kid to start picking up s, f, c, d, b, a bombs. – Cali

This was brought about by Cali’s search for a streamer and my thought that while I don’t personally have the equipment, I’m not sure I would be able to qualify. It would be extraordinarily difficult with many failures throughout, and that annoys me. Of course, there’s a way to fix it, I suppose.

Gotta love the cognitive dissonance of saying it doesn’t bother me and that maybe I should change it in the very same post. Certainly something to give further thought to.

In the meantime I need to go do something else so I can stop rambling incessantly and actually talk about some games.

One thought on “To Swear or Not To Swear, That Is The Question

  1. I think I generally try not to swear in my blog because I know it’s not for everyone, but I don’t mind swearing in the blogs I read. My toddler picks up lots of terrible swears from his dad, though!

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