Profanity. Cussing. Swearing. Cursing.
Whatever you call it, do you do it?
The other night, I was watching Bill O’Reilly. He was talking with a guest, about what I don’t even remember. But he brought up swearing, and said basically, “Everyone swears. You do it. I do it. It’s really not a big deal.”
That stopped me, because — I don’t swear. Sure, I say gosh, golly, gee — some people even consider those off-color. But I don’t think I’ve ever said anything stronger than that. I’ve certainly read my share of cursing. There’s way more of it in many books today than I’d like to see.
But saying curse words myself? I can’t imagine. In fact, if I did utter an off-color word, I think I’d immediately burst into laughter. It’s just so … not me. I think most of that is because I grew up profanity-free. My parents didn’t use it, and I’m thinking that this is probably largely why I don’t.
Another related topic is misusing God’s name. I hear that a lot, and I just cringe whenever I do. It occurs a lot in one of my favorite family-friendly shows, and the “oh my G__” seems wrong each time I hear it slip out of one of the characters’ mouths, especially the kids. I’ve emailed them about this, to no avail.
Sigh. Or perhaps I should say #0//*!
So I’m wondering: how common is it to use profanity? Do you? If you do, did you grow up hearing it said in your home?