I’m a person who swears a lot. Well maybe not a lot. I don’t sound like an Italian Mafia guy from New York if you know what I mean! But I use the occasional ‘shit’, plenty of ‘asshole’ usage, lots of ‘fuck’ and the usual ‘sonofabitch’. In no way do I use it as exclamations or punctuations and I try to avoid using it around women but the odd one usually slips out.
I find that it relieves stress, tension and pent up frustration. Dealing with stupid impossible clients – give a discourse on how they spend their sex life! Cross functional battles – choose words that best describe how their parents created them! Anything just to get some anger out.
I remember when I was 13-16 and swear words were considered to be such a big taboo. I used it cause I thought it was cool and I was a bit of a rebel. I used so many swear words in front of my sister that I think she developed an immunity to them. I loved to read novels and then mimic the swear words in similar situations in my life. I would wait for a really antagonistic, know-it-all, self-serving idiot to piss me of before I lifted my middle finger in a defiant salute at him and yelled ‘Mother fucker’. Ofcourse it is usually pronounced ‘Mutha fuckaaah’!
In my native tongue of Malayalam, even though I can’t read & write, I know enough swear words to make the locals proud. I can enunciate them like the best of them and spit out the words with enough vitriol to make you understand the meaning….even if you didn’t know a word of the language. Yes I consider myself the Ernest Hemingway of swearing, although I control using it as much as I can. I am so pro using bad words.