OK before you start throwing things at me, this is not from me. Believe it or not, this lil gem is actually from a LTTE in my local paper. This is absolutely the funniest LTTE I have read in a long time. So ladies, would you be so kind as to hold off on the cursing till the end of the post.
Dean Whitney Flewwellin of Houma had enough time on his/her hands, to be able to make this observation:
Women now cursing at alarming rates
In answer to The Courier’s request for opinions concerning profanity, I say yes, this is certainly the “age of profanity.”
Where did they find the Puritans in the recent poll, who said, “More women said they were bothered by profanity?” Hasn’t anyone been listening to the more-aggressive women the past several years?
Recently, I was in a room with eight Catholic women, ages 20 to 74, when one woman in a loud tirade, used the word “freaking” 17 times — plus the S-word several times. When confronted with this fact, she denied even saying it once. However, her relative backed me up and said she had. Nor did she admit that “freaking” means the same as F-ing. To me, “freaking” is (and means) the same as the F-word, and most of us realize it. Television appears to show the same misconception.
Having spent more than 50 years profoundly cursing my way across 40 states and eight countries, the new age of free-cursing girls and women is a wee bit astonishing. In fact, I now have to curse louder to get my point across. No problem!
Check out teenagers using the Internet chat rooms, e-mail and instant messaging — then take another poll. Numerous freewheeling teenage girls are currently on the Internet, using the F-word frequently, probably trying to impress their male friends. Having grown up in a city with three naval bases, I can honestly tell you that they are saltier than the proverbial “curse like a sailor” statement. I’ve watched over the shoulder of several teenagers, and it appears that most teens can’t even express a decent Internet conversation without profanity. Female cursing is similar to female rest rooms — they are now both nastier than the mens’.
One guy uses BS so often, that he is now affectionately/humorously referred to as “Mr. BS.”
Further, parents seem to allow curse words from their little children, possibly for the same reason they allow them to run wild in public. Are they too lazy to correct them or are they afraid of public criticism if they discipline them? I surmise most children are hearing more cursing in their own homes, so they believe it is OK.
Thus, most of your poll percentages seem to contradict, and are lower than, my personal lifetime findings in my own opinion. Yes, we are using increasingly more profanity and no, it doesn’t appear to be much of a problem to most people.
Dean Whitney Flewwellin
So do you women really curse that much? Will we have to come up with a new saying? The old “curses like a sailor” might be in jeopardy. Maybe I should give Pat Robertson a call and get his opinion. Oh well, for now I just have to say “Expletive Deleted”.
Update: I keep forgetting to use my new internet bumper stickers. So how do you like this one?