Mr. Roger Hines’ article entitled “ Time to curb the Cussin’” in Sunday’s MDJ (11/10) is long overdue. Our behemoth entertainment industry has lifted the lid off the garbage can.

How did they ever make movies and television programs without using the F-word along with an effluence of cussin’? Those earlier movies were very positive, and you did not feel like you had been assaulted.

Obviously, I have been around a few people who could hardly get through a sentence without creatively arranging several slang words. I presently do not have any friends or acquaintances that are vulgar in their speech.

Since the movie industry is now doing work for the streaming channels, the profanities are increasing. It is particularly interesting that the F-word is so dominant. When Hollywood dropped the standards in the late ’60s, the industry slowly introduced these words. Like the frog in the proverbial frying pan, we have now been cooked.

The New York Times appropriately published an article entitled “A Case for Cursing,” by Kristin Wong giving the usual liberal reasons for everything: a social construct, an evolutionary development, pain reliever, dysphemistic swearing (to be provocative), socially fitting in via signaling, being more honest about their emotions, and more effective by being culturally prohibited.

The religious objection (blasphemy) from the Ten Commandments was not considered. Also the most common objection is that it reflects a low-class person with limited vocabulary. Dr. Jay says “This is the ‘poverty of vocabulary myth’, that people swear because they lack the right words due to impoverished vocabulary. ... Any language scholar knows otherwise.”

If that is the case, why don’t the thousands of classical texts and other writings refrain from cursing? The greatest book in history, The Bible, does not use slang for communicating. Jesus, the archetypal man and model for all mankind, did not scream out a litany of profanities from the cross.

There are more than 120,000 words in the English language. Spanish French, and German hardly exceed 35,000 words each. Surely, we can expand our vocabulary beyond the F-word and its filthy cousins!

Jim F. Cole



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