Post by Mike Henry Post by erilar
What's so wonderful about lack of imagination?
"Swearing is a really important part of one's life; it would be
impossible to go through life without swearing, and without
enjoying swearing. There used to be mad silly prissy people who
used to say swearing was a sign of a poor vocabulary; such utter
nonsense! The people I know who swear the most tend to have the
widest vocabularies, and the kind of person who says swearing is a
sign of a poor vocabulary usually has a pretty poor vocabulary
themselves. The sort of twee person who thinks swearing is in any
way a sign of a lack of education or of a lack of verbal interest
is just a fucking lunatic.
I haven't met anyone who's truly shocked at swearing, really.
They're only shocked on behalf of other people. Well, you know,
that's preposterous. Or they say "it's not necessary". As if that
should stop one doing it! It's not necessary to have coloured
socks. It's not necessary for this cushion to be here. But is
anyone going to write in and say "I was shocked to see that
cushion there, it really wasn't necessary". No! Things not being
necessary is what makes life interesting - the little extras in
life. -- Stephen Fry, August 2007"
You obviously pulled that out of your butt trying to make yourself
sound knowledgeable and to alleviate your guilt for swearing and the
way it makes you feel powerful and aggressive when you do it.
However, the most mild of efforts will cause google to bring up a
great deal of real academic research that suggests swearing is a
lower brain function. The higher brain function that processes
speech is required to actually use and process language, while
swearing comes easily from the lower brain function and with little
effort. That's why people with brain damage often cannot
communicate well, but can swear like drunken sailors.
Therefore it's very easy to conclude that use of profanity in place
of true language is a function of laziness and lack of linguistic
ability that comes from lower intelligence, lack of education, or
brain damage. Or you're a drunken sailor on leave. If that's the
way you want to be viewed, fine by me. You just need to be careful
because there is a great deal of law in place that, while not often
applied, will get you arrested and fined if someone wants to press
Decent people just don't swear. They use words and communicate.
The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew
he never would be found out. -- Thomas Babington Macaulay