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Hi there, my name is Tony Burgess from Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. I am a believer, bleeding-heart, idealist and blogger. I'm married to Laura and Cody is our dog. Daily I work for a blood bank. My blog is where I chronicle and curate the sacred, serious and silly things in my life. Thank you for connecting with me. Grace, peace and love!

The “F” Word…Lost Shock Value Of Profanity

In conversation with my wife this morning I used the “F…” word to describe how I felt about something we were talking about. No I didn’t use it in relation to her…that wouldn’t be cool but it made me think I don’t use a lot of profanity. Perhaps we have let profane words like the “F…” word become so common place it has lost its power to shock and surprise. Using such words should indicate disgust, displeasure, frustration…not being used as nouns or adjectives. Some bloggers and writers will use curse words like they were putting ketchup on fries or salt on popcorn. If we were more selective about how we use such words perhaps it would mean more.

Our vocabulary is full of words that can express emotions and feelings better than profanity but sometimes there is no substitute. Perhaps you have read things where the words used to blast someone or some thing were impressive and far more effective.

So, when you least expect it I will use the word itself instead of the censored version I have used in this post and that is when you know I need to get my point across.

What do you think?