Sunday, October 18, 2009

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How to Stop Swearing Like A Sailor

by J. Morris

You know the words. The F word. The S word and all the inventive combos in between. George Carlin identified several of them from his comedy monologue "Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television." But they’ve been around long before; "dirty" words go back centuries, and in every culture. Seems humans have always had an innate need to spice up the language with the pepper of swear words.

Maybe you say them in anger when someone cuts you off in traffic. Maybe you say them to emphasize a point. Maybe you do it, like when stubbing your toe, as an ingrained distress call. The worst is when you are just so used to saying them that you don’t notice you’re a gutter mouth all the time.

Sailors, as an unstated rule, can get away with it, thus the cliché to swear like a sailor. But you’re not a sailor, are you? And you’re long past the age when your mother can threaten to wash your mouth out with soap.

Swear words are like a virus; once you say them, unless treated, they continue to spread. They infiltrate your vocabulary and soon you and your friends are dropping F-bombs all the time until one day you find yourself asking Uncle Phil at Thanksgiving to pass the F-in' gravy.

Is it an addiction? Not physically, but it is a habit â€" a habit that needs to be broken, as it can be detrimental to your social and work life. There is a time and place for everything and swearing is no different. Follow these steps, if you choose, to drop the swearing habit. And if not, well…take a friggin' hike.

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