"You Dirty #$&?*!"

MSNBC asks, “Are we living in an Age of Profanity?”  It certainly appears so:

  • 64% of those polled said they use the F-word, ranging from 8% who claim to using it “several times a day” to 15% who claim they use it “a few times a year.”
  • 62% of 18 to 34-year-olds and 39% of those 35 and older claim they swear during conversations at least a few times a week.
  • 74% of women and 60% of men said they are bothered by profanity.
  • 39% of women and 54% of men said they swear a few times a week.

The best quote in the article comes from Joe Cormack, a bartender from Fort Dodge, Iowa, who apparently hears customers use the F-word so frequently he feels he needs to intercede:

‘Do you have any idea how many times you’ve just said that?” he reports saying from time to time. “I mean, if I take that out of your vocabulary, you’ve got nothin!’ “

Additional Info: Jack Yan points out a side benefit of not cussing, namely that “your speech becomes more economical because you have been using the f word as a ?ller like um or er.”  Now that sounds like a darn good reason to me!

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