Words have power...
The power to inspire or upset.
The power to conquer and divide.
The power to incite a riot.
The power to induce, to seduce, to reduce.
Poets and pundits have known this for ever.
Great orators turn words into sound waves that vibrate right to the heart.
Words sell. Words tell.
Oh yes... words have power.
Some words offend…
Especially the four letter ones.
Like pungent cigarette smoke curling unbidden up my nostrils…
Those words offend me.
The five letter words are worse -
And the six letter words are the worst -
FEAR - is the deadliest of the four letter words.
SO deadly, SO suffocating it should never even be spoken...
Should only be known as ‘that which cannot be named’
The F-word FEAR - unlike FUCK (and ALL the other swear words) - does ACTUAL damage…
Those other words are powerless unless WE choose to give them power.
Merely a collection of letters whose REAL meaning (anatomical, procreational, eliminatory) is lost.
They are used to add emphasis.
They mean we are PASSIONATE about a thing.
WANT to offend, divide or arouse..
For some those harmless words of emphasis are difficult for some to hear.
The judgement creeps in…
Shouldn’t mustn’t, can’t…
WHO says those words are BAD?
WHO decided that to say a swear word is OFFENSIVE?
WHO and, actually in my mind and much more importantly - WHY?
Why is a certain collection of vowels and consonants deemed inappropriate?
If the same MEANING word (sex? Fornication? Penis? Vagina? Poo?) is used -THAT is ok..
So it's not the MEANING that is the problem….
If the same EMPHASIS is used -
REALLY REALLY STRONGLY THIS THING THAT I BELIEVE IN - is used - THAT is ok...
So it's not the implied EMPHASIS that is the problem…
What, no really, WHAT is it?
Why THOSE words?
Why (oh for the love of all that is female, why!!) is cunt the WORST of all?
The place from whence we all came.. or at least passed through (if we were lucky), with haste (if our mother was lucky).
Why will THAT word give a movie a ‘R - 18+’ rating,
BUT… but.. (get this),
Murder, murdered bodies, naked, murdered female bodies,
Mutilation, self-harm, bombing, suicide, war, dismemberment, disembowelment, untold atrocities...
These are deemed fine for all and sundry?
Maybe a PG slapped on for good measure...
Think about it… how many mutilated, scantily clad female corpses have you vicariously seen through the lense of the movie director?
Been enterTAINED by?
And we are taught that this word, an innocent collection of letters that denotes EMPHASIS, PASSION or URGENCY.....
Is FAR worse, than to observe real human misery?
Every culture has them...
And in every culture there are those who use them
(the UN couth)
And those who judge those who use them
And there are none who DON'T use them (because let's be honest, even the most prim and proper becomes a hardened sailor when a shin is banged or a finger slammed)
But it is that judgement - which usually starts as SELF-judgement - that is the real offender here.
I CHOOSE not to watch the six o’clock news.
No swearing there.
Nothing to offend the righteous and the right.
Tight smiles on tight faces.
Fake tans telling fake news to fake viewers.
The real stories hidden beneath mountains of money and murderous manoevers.
To me THAT is crass, crude, ill-mannered, unrefined and VULGAR…
But fuck would I know?
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