Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Getting Offended By Curse Words is &%^$#^() Stupid

Honestly? I just don’t get it. People who get offended by something as trivial as vulgar language simply baffles my synapses.

By and large, my obvious confusion on the issue probably has something to do with the fact that I pride myself on finding new and exciting uses for the f-word on a consistent basis.

For instance:
What in the hot fuck is that?
Oh mother of fuck.
What kind of fuckery do you think you are doing?
You are a complete and utter fucktard.
Holy fuck knuckles!
Fuck that fucking fuck.

And on and on it goes. In fact, one of the reasons I enjoy watching Dexter (extra points if you are a fan) so much is that Deb (Dexter’s foul mouthed sister) is usually my inspiration for new and innovative uses of what is undeniably one of my favorite words in the English language. The woman can weave the f-word into a sentence with musical precision.

But I digress
I’ve been in the business world all of my life, quite literally. Do you oh-so-sensitive folk know what happens in the business world? People cuss. And people cuss frequently, with intent. To hell with your delicate sensibilities. (Sh)It happens.

Are there better ways one could express themselves? I’m sure there are, but I simply choose not to use them. It’s my first amendment right after all, and it doesn’t bother me. Then again, it certainly shouldn’t bother you either.

And why not?
Getting offended because someone else is cursing makes about as much sense as getting your panties in a wad because someone else drinking, when you don’t drink. Truly, you just need to get over it, because people are free to make their own choices, their own mistakes and do their own thing.

In my not so humble opinion
It’s been my experience that people who get offended by curse words are also the types of folks who have way too much time on their hands. They are the types of people who get offended by every tiny, trivial meaningless thing available to them. I sincerely believe that these folks wake up with every intention (even if it is only subconsciously) to get offended about something...anything. 

And you know what they say about trouble, if you go looking for it, it isn’t hard to find. The same is true of getting offended. These people are the hoi polloi who get uppity about a wide range of bullshit that just doesn’t matter in the end.

Instead, I dare you to get offended about something that DOES matter. Get offended about our national debt; get riled up about your rights being silently stripped away from you by unscrupulous D.C. politicians. Get upset that punishments for child molesters aren’t severe enough. Get rubbed the wrong way about inflation. Get uppity about how many kids in your community go hungry each day. Or tie yourself in a knot over the simple fact that you’re not helping make the world a better place because you are too busy sitting on your laurels and being an asshole.

What I'm getting at here is a simple, concise piece of advice: Get offended by something that fucking matters for a change. Because curse words aren’t it.

Do you have a fucking problem with that?

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