|To demonstrate today’s point, would this quip be as funny without the word shit? Source: Pintrest|
Today’s poetry Monday has been interrupted by better programing. :0) I’d like to explore the use of profanity – do many people really notice it?
As The Legend of Lady MacLaoch gains popularity I’m starting to find (along with all the awesome 5-star reviews!!) that a handful of readers comment on the use of the f-word in the book. Strangely enough I note that Rowan on the first page uses it but for the life of me I can’t remember where else. Which is interesting since, I WROTE it. :0)
The reason I ask is this, in my home growing up (mom you might want to not read this next part…) I grew up learning the basics of swearing before I hit preschool. There is one such incident that is burned into my mind that makes me quite confident on knowing this fact. I was in preschool on the playground slide when the class bully came over and grabbed my dress as I came down. Whether or not he intended to pull me off the slide, yank my dress, or tear it like he did I’ll never know. But, I do know that I went nutty and chased him down, which at first he thought was funny until I opened my mouth. As I chased him like a wild banshee hollering a string of epithets about his person and parents I was caught, scolded and put in timeout, while he was handed a tissue and pat on the back.
So with the early and everyday use of cursing in my life I’m no longer sure of what is “socially acceptable” levels of profanity. There is of course the school of thought that cursing should be kept to a minimum, like for the moments where the hammer meets your finger instead of the intended nail head. And my aunt who was raised quite proper advises no profanity ever. “The term ‘badass’ … might this word instead be replaced with ‘cool’ or ‘awesome’?” Taking that advice though seems a lot like obeying the speed limit: it’s the law but in real life who does that 100% of the time? (read: NO ONE).