Gutter Mouth11:51 AM
I swear, and I swear a lot. My friends all swear, my co-workers drop at least 2-4 f-bombs per sentence on a daily basis, I am pretty sure if my pets could talk, they would swear. "Meow" actually translates to: "Feed me, asshole!" in kitty-talk.
Why do I swear so much? I have no idea. My father to this day still tries to correct my language, as well as my sibling's, but it is a lost cause. The only time I actually take care to watch what comes out of my mouth is when small children are around, but, sadly, even then it slips out. Whither most of us agree to it or not, the general consensus is that people who tend to swear a lot, come off as unintelligent. Why? Probably because we are supposed to come up with clever alternatives to curse words, which I did attempt in middle school (it was easier to get away with "hand me the bloody book" instead of "hand me the fucking book", thanks to my British relatives). However, it didn't last long. Of course being a female tends to make matters worse-often portraying the idea that females who swear are just trying to get attention (at least, that is what I have been told to my face on more than one occasion).
It was not until I was in my second year at OU and attended a reading/panel with author Junot Diaz (author of Drown, & The brief and wondrous life of Oscar Wao. See also: Inventor of swearing), when a student asked why he swore so much. I don't remember his exact response, but his argument was that if he was constantly watching every word that came out of his mouth, then it was not being true to himself. It was part of his nature to just let the words roll off his tongue. The best example I can give is passion: Think about it, when you are very upset, excited, etc. and you are trying to explain whatever it is that is making you feel this way to someone, do you let it all rush out? Do you stop to think about what you are saying? Some people might, but I sure as hell don't.
Of course it might seem fairly simple to tell people to try to just avoid so much swearing, like the example from earlier- does it have to be "fucking book"? Can't you just say "book"? Well, yeah but then I would be weary of how I am portrayed to others. If I just said the sentence how I normally do, it is how my brain operates It is how I work.
That being said, I leave you with this final statement: It's Friday, Bitches!
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