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Profanity
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deadcarp    Posted 03-02-2004 at 11:30:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
How do you stop a kid from cussing? out west, they use the eff word as an adjective, to underline something. They'd probably reply with "yerass" or something and move on.

But up here, if anybody hears it there's a whole different assumption. The user s kinda branded. Like he's too lazy or dumb to learn an adequate vocabulary or something. If it's used in public, you can lose scores of customers and eventually that will become known as "that swearing cafe" or whatever. I'm serious!

Well that's a clue to a cure folks - if kids think about whoever runs the shop, or if they'd like a raise at work eventally, and if they realize that a few cuss words are holding them back and costing them money, they'll soon try to remedy the bad habit. Amazing how much impact a slap in the wallet has. :)

We never had "Cuss Box" or something at home
where we'd drop a coin everytime we swore so i grew up with a rough mouth. Once i got my own businesss though, i remember having to quickly clean up my language & re-learn. So when i'd hit my thumb or something, got to where i'd instantly respond with a "caw-". If i spun around and there was a kid behind me, i'd finish with "-dangit!". But if i was alone, i could just say "-sucker!" and it took the urge away. There's always a socially-acceptible way :)


Cursing is the attempt    Posted 03-03-2004 at 06:01:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
of the feeble mind to express itself forcefully."
Brigham Young

He got it right. But how to you get them past the feeble stage?


Linda in UT    Posted 03-02-2004 at 23:15:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
The profanity used as common language today by many of the younger generation is extremely offensive to me. I'm not above cussing on occasion, and I have a pretty strong constitution, but the constant use of the f word in public and in the movies just sickens me.

A couple of years ago I was in walmart and heard a group of mid teen boys using the f word over and over again. I was in the next aisle and could hear them plainly. The store was crowded, so they weren't alone in that aisle. After a couple of minutes I had had my fill. I met them at the end of the aisle and had a talk with them. About 3 of the boys started to ignore me and walk away, but I quietly demanded they stay. I told them they had the choice of listening to me or I would call the manager and have them removed from the store. Two of the boys still scoffed, until I asked them if they talked like that in front of their mothers. They began to lose their bravado at that point. We are still a fairly small community and I think the boys began to realize I just might know their mothers . . . or their church bishop.

There were five boys altogether. Two of them had the decency to hang back as the others walked off and apologized to me. I thanked them.


KellyGa    Posted 03-02-2004 at 16:46:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a bad habit of smashing my toes into furniture and such. When you slam a toe, or tear a toe off, it really HURTS, lol. Can't go around cussing in fromt of Shelby, so I just yell as loud as I can in howling pain, lol. Or I say Doody.


Jessie    Posted 03-02-2004 at 15:54:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
One of those little voice activated tape recorders works good. Tape record the cussin and then when you all sit down to supper play it while everybody is eatin. It works good and don't usually take but once or twice. Might not stop the cussin altogether but it lets them know how they sound and that they have to be careful around you.


dave 50 8n    Posted 03-02-2004 at 15:08:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
I understand that a part of the brain is dedicated (?) to those kinds of expressions...the words you say when really angry, etc.

So, maybe replacing profanity w/acceptable "verbal explosives" may do the trick. Seems like we gotta say something...


Melanie    Posted 03-02-2004 at 15:18:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
...knew a sweet lady back in my teens when I worked for Chick-Fil-A who would say, "oh, sugar" instead of the profane alternative. She would also blurt out the phrase, "Bad words, bad words, BAD WORDS!" and it seemed to relieve the stress just as well as any expletive could. :)


Melanie    Posted 03-02-2004 at 13:48:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
SusanMo, that's the way my mom was too about Gosh and Golly ... even now I still look over my shoulder if I say "Gosh"... although I have been known to use the full, bad-words-included expression in extreme stress, I'm still waiting for God to strike me down for taking His name in vain. Can you tell my family was Baptist??? :)


rhouston    Posted 03-02-2004 at 13:04:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
when I was around 21 a friends parents let me know that my language had deteriorated past an acceptable level. After that I listened to how often I cussed, made a conscious effort to clean it up. Work helped to as I was/still am in a customer service line of work. Children sealed the deal didn't want them to have a foul mouth around the grandparents. All my foul language came out between the age of 18 and 21. School was done and serious work hadn't arrived. The language I used with my friends crept into the everyday language. What to do with today’s youth is a whole other problem. The 10 words you can't say on the radio are now said on the radio, TV and PG movies. stern disapproval and constant correction still work as well as they always did I guess


SusanMo    Posted 03-02-2004 at 12:08:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
lava soap always did the trick for us! and all we said was gosh or golly, for mom it was slang for GOD and we were taking his name in vain and that was NOT the thing to do


Quick cure...    Posted 03-02-2004 at 11:50:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Jest a pinch of Cayenne pepper placed smack in the middle of a stuck-out tongue....tongue is to remain out of mouth for approx. 30 seconds....do NOT provide liquid refreshment for at least 20 minutes to gain full effect of this medication.Do not allow patient to drive or operate heavy equipment nor consume alcohol. :^)

Clipper: providing the Cajun Cuss Cure free of charge:^)


Wisereader    Posted 03-02-2004 at 11:46:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Everyone is motivated differently. At one time I would make a sailor blush, until one day someone just softly, kindly, looked me in the eye and said, "...profanity is the strongest expression of a weak mind." It cut me to the heart and gave me a dose of self realization. Now I'm made fun of because I NEVER swear.


T D in Tennessee    Posted 03-02-2004 at 14:55:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
vulgarity is a sure sign of ignorance. both of not having a vocabulary and also ignorance of the Bible. It has lots to say about vulgarity, profanity, etc.


~Lenore    Posted 03-02-2004 at 15:06:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
I never have been prone to profanity.
I have used it in the past before I got saved.
I grew up in a house with three ladies,
and I mean ladies not just women.
So I never cussed until I got married and my ex drove me to it!! LOL
Then I got divorced, got saved and never cussed again!
More info than anyone wanted but.....
oh well.


Aprille    Posted 03-02-2004 at 16:20:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well..let's see..mom was a stripper..dancer..not gonna find good folks a'plenty there..alway dated truckers..abusive people..so I talked like a trucker..hmm..hang out still with bikers..not so much now tho..am extremely intelligent..Why do I swear?? Well..sometimes the bad words slip out before I can find the good words to fill in..the older I get the less patience I seem to have so I naturally( But NOT..) end up cussing..seems to me like how I was when I smoked..I hated the smell but couldn't stop myself ..now I don't smoke and I am RUDE to those who do..even tho I was thoughtful of others the smell LINGERED..Maybe I can use that to get rid of the swearing..since the words from others bother me but I use them?? Hmm..Have to try that..I'll let ya know how it goes..starting tomorrow morning..cuz I already let loose a string of expletives worthy of a seasoned seaman!! Later!!


~Lenore    Posted 03-02-2004 at 16:42:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good luck, Aprille;
I am confident you can do what ever you set your mind to.
Specially since you were able to quit smoking;
that surely is one of the hardest things to do.
I find I can "debate" just as good without expletives.
In fact a creative vocabulary makes "cut downs" rather satisfying. ;-)



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