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I have a simple question: I take my grandkids out and whether we go to the wheat kings game or a movie we run into people who choose to use profanities especially the f word like any other word in their language. Is profanity to be considered normal? At what age is it ok? Elementary/ high school At all public or family gathering places? Do you teach your kids not to but you continue to? I see parents using this on their facebook pages as standard vocabulary. So when is it acceptable and when is it not. Is this a sign of immaturity and should we be saying to them like some parents say to very youn kids use your words? I just don’t get it and maybe hearing other comments would help me make sense of this. I don’t need anyone say because of religious reasons because I know both religious and non who use this language.
It’s in there for me but only mainly seems to come out for toe stubs and kitchen accidents. When I’m listening to someone I’m paying attention to what they’re trying to say and so it’s likely I’ll glaze over the odd swear to get at what they’re trying to get across. Suppose for some folks that word is another way of putting an exclamation point on, tho not my choice (except when defending my toe’s honour) and not something we go out of our way to expose our young kiddo to. For adults it’s an adult choice and the huge majority have the sense to filter around young kids. Where things get a little trickier and one of the places it probably starts is taking kiddo to places where other kids are only a few years older (probably 10-12 if that). A lot at a very young age seem to use the word like it’s going out of style without a lot of awareness of (or interest in) their surroundings yet. I haven’t been a parent of a kid that age yet to be able to pass judgement but wonder if that’s a conversation parents have with any effectiveness?
Not long after I post this as I’m walking into the door at the mall with kiddo a couple young parents (or babysitters or much older siblings?) are coming out the same door with a young one... couldn’t have been more than 5 or 6 years old. I’ll just say the words of the adultish ones in what seemed like casual conversation were colourful. Not my thing to assume something on ‘all’ for some or a few, but eyes opened just a little wider
I use the F word and the A word and the SH word more than I should but they are definitely the best words I can use when I use them to push the point I'm trying to make. What has always bothered me is the people who just say "FRICK" or "FUDGE" or "F-WORD" like that's better? Your still thinking the exact same thing as I am when you break those words out and more to the point the word that pops in my head when you say "F-WORD!! or Frick is...well, the word you're trying so hard not to say...so you may as well say it. I have worked with people who literally us the F word like a period to every sentence...to the point where its almost like an OCD thing..."I went to the bank ****, then I was asking the teller for my checking account balance ****..." those cases profanity confuses me. In my case, My grandparents used those words and my great grandparents used those words, my aunts and uncles, I don't know if it was a scottish/english thing but I just grew up with it. I knew better than to use that language around adults or people I didn't know...but what I notice sometimes is when I'm telling a story or joking around people after about 10 or 15 minutes they're dropping F bombs and SH bombs with as much frequency as I am.
Edited by admin, 2018-11-03 21:30:37. Reason: Language
I would rather hear the words, a, s, or f than I would hear the words ignorant, lazy or uneducated. The first 3 are only words. I know a man that used the f word in every sentence sometimes twice. He was a minister and was the most generous, kind hearted person I ever met. With the godly way he led his life I'm pretty sure that God welcomed him at the gate with open arms. To some people swearing is a part of their vocabulary and they should be judged by their deeds and not by what someone deems inappropriate.
Edited by admin, 2018-11-03 21:32:22. Reason: Language
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