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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Check out this $%@# story, you $%@$#

Here's an interesting story about how Americans #$%!!@# swear all the time.

Younger people admit to using bad language more often than older people; they also encounter it more and are less bothered by it. The AP-Ipsos poll showed that 62 percent of 18 to 34-year-olds acknowledged swearing in conversation at least a few times a week, compared to 39 percent of those 35 and older.

More women than men said they encounter people swearing more now than 20 years ago - 75 percent, compared to 60 percent. Also, more women said they were bothered by profanity - 74 percent at least some of the time - than men (60 percent.) And more men admitted to swearing: 54 percent at least a few times a week, compared to 39 percent of women.

Wondering specifically about the F-word? (For the record, we needed special dispensation from our bosses just to say 'F-word.') Thirty-two percent of men said they used it at least a few times a week, compared to 23 percent of women.

"That word doesn't even mean what it means anymore," says Larry Riley of Warren, Mich. "It has just become part of the culture."

My question is this: Isn't it a good thing the F-word doesn't mean anything anymore? That way it's not offensive. Or is it more offensive that the F-word isn't so offensive anymore?


Blogger paul said...

It just means that more outrageous words will have to take the place of the classics.

I liken it to yelling. I'd rather not have to scream a) all the time and b) at 200 dB to make a shocking point. I prefer to preserve the impact of a periodic shout.

1:30 PM  
Blogger mark said...

i've finally seen some episodes of the Sopranos. in other words i'm continuing the desensitification of myself.

1:53 PM  
Anonymous cheddar said...

I curse. Not half as bad as I used to, but I'm a well-known proponent and financial backer of the F-bomb.

I think the reason it's beautiful is because it's everything and nothing. It's offensive and nonoffensive. It's rebellious and mainstream.

Think of the scene in "Boondock Saints" where one character drops about 58 F-bombs in one minute, and someone remarks, "Well, it certainly demonstrates the versatility of the word."

Or Bernie Mac's excellent soliloquy on Motherf-bombs in "Kings of Comedy."

Best of all, there's a movie coming called "F---." I'm not making this up. It's all about the word.

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Sharon said...

I have faced the wrath of Paul's periodic shouts...they are quite effective.

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Sharon said...

By the way, that was not sarcasm, Paul very rarely raises his voice...and he has a naturally soft and quite sexy voice.

5:04 PM  

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