Saturday, April 4, 2015

Damn! Damn! Damn!

I recall back in primary school, when I was maybe seven or eight years old, being told off by a teacher for using the adjective bloody to describe something. She said such a word was offensive to Christ who shed his blood for the forgiveness of sins. I didn't understand her reasoning, and still don't really, but I have never forgotten how upset she was. How genuinely offended she was.

Several years ago, the Berri juice company had an advertisment on television which featured an angry boy mowing the lawn. Obviously upset at being forced to cut the grass for his parents when he really just wanted a drink of orange juice, he mowed the word shit into the lawn. Well, partially mowed it: just enough for the viewer to know what it said but not enough to have the whole word on the screen. I stopped drinking Berri products for a long time after I saw that ad.

Currently, Holden have a TV ad featuring a dad driving a new Colorado. It features a child emulating his father's use of  the term 'bloody caravanners.'

Do we want our children to use swear words? Is it cute to hear a kid use the word bloody as an adjective to describe they don't like? Is it okay for an angry child to swear? Parents do it all the time, and some of them then reprimand their children for using the same language. If you don't care, then I'm wasting my breath in this blog, but I just don't like it. I think swearing has become much too acceptable dammit, and I think it's shame that less and less people are offended by bad language. What do you think?

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  1. I don't swear much. When I do it is used as an adjective to make my point. I work in a shop filled with rude people who swear like it's going out of style. I can't begin to tell you the number of times in one day I hear the F word.

    I do not like my kids using swear words and they know it. When writing I will use swear words as necessary to portray the human side of things and to define my characters. If a character in a book uses swear words the reader can pick up on them easier.
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  2. Sounds like you are and me are pretty much on the same page Jeff. Thanks for visiting Square Pegs and for taking the time to comment.