“You swear more than most people I know, COMBINED….so why do people think it bothers you?!??”
This is the short and sweet of a conversation I had the other day on Real ID, and it got me thinking. First off, he’s absolutely right. I’ve come up with more curse terms than you can shake a stick at, and I use many of them often. Yet, there’s online friends who apologize when they swear in a conversation with me. How did this even happen?
Well, for starters, I did make a conscious effort to cut back on my profanity once my son started to talk. I just think that happens to be a good idea when he’s around. Also, I try not to do it too much in regular conversation, just because I think I can prove my point just as effectively without it. But, when something irks my ire, you never know what’ll come out at the target of my cursive wrath.
Now, near as I can figure, I did myself no favours on the Twisted Nether podcast earlier this month. In my head I wanted to say that if someone does a post that is 90% swearing, it just does nothing for me. Unfortunately, it didn’t come out like that at all. It was more “swearing in a blog is bad” and that’s the last thing I wanted to say. As I say, it also did nothing to help this opinion of me amongst the community that I don’t swear and I don’t appreciate it around me.
You?? Curse?? Now this iz srs bznz! *puts on her srs hat*
That was Effy, in a chat on her blog. It is what got me thinking before the Real ID comments I started the article with. My Claws mates know I swear. My wife really knows I swear. Heck, I’m pretty sure my son’s figured it out. So why don’t I seem to do it as much in my writing? I guess the only conclusion I can come to is because I look at places like the forums where it’s nothing but cell phone speak and profanity. It just seems to completely debilitate anything resembling an opinion or intelligent thought and I don’t want that to be how I come off. In my blog in particular I don’t do it often, and that’s part of my writing style. When I do, I want it to be for emphasis or at the very least anyone reading it will just know that I’m pissed off.
But yes, dear friends, I’m an Amateur of many things…swearing is not one of them. In fact, the wordsmith part of that web address up there most definitely covers the vulgar, profane, and malediction of the English language.