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on cursing

A musing on swearing and exclamations.



Swearing in our culture falls, loosely, into three categories; sexual
(fuck! balls! arse!), scatological (shit!) and blasphemous (jesus
christ! oh my god!).

I have, for a while, been half-heartedly trying to change my own
cursing habits. I don't like using sexual terms as insults because,
well, people who perform fellatio, male and female genitalia,
etc. are, in general, not bad things. Those who have spent enough
time playing board games with corwin77 and I will know how
I have attempted to get around this - I come up with complicated
insults for things I do not think are pleasant ("dick-shitting hamster
botherer!", or the alt.gothic classic "corpse-felching ass-spelunker")

That tends to cover the insult side of thing, when I feel the need for
it. More frequently, though, I find myself using exclamations, and in
that, I tend to fall heavily on the blasphemous curses. As I'm not,
and have never been Christian, I don't think it makes sense for me to
be using someone else's lord and saviour to underline the intensity of
my statements. I've noticed some of my friends have managed to switch
from "my god" to "my gods" or "my goddess". And I think that's a good
start.

But as I always say, why do something when you can over do it?
So, my plan is to try to start using more creative exclamations. I've
already got myself using "nine gods" and "seven hells" (in my mind,
hells are non-denominational and generic). It is my intent to use
more inexplicably numbered pseudo-religions references in my every day
speech as exclamations. By the Twelve Snakes, it should at least be
fun for a while!

Comments

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northbard
May. 29th, 2006 04:09 pm (UTC)
From the 'Too Far is Never Quite Far Enough: folder:

Heck with just numeric. Start making up random names and factors. Create entiore religions on the spur of the moment for the sole purpose of having something to swear by! A new movement : Transient Heretical Neo-theologistic Irreverencies!

By Crom was never enough, IMO.

Soon everyone will be swearing like Terry Pratchett got possessed by the ghost of Robert E Howard!

By Zoran's left testicular deviation my friend, I believe you may have a winner!
curgoth
May. 29th, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)
Seven sagging tits of Narya, I'll probably stick with numbers, because something in my brain seems to like the numbers. But for Gorak's goat's sake, there's no compelling reason to get too attached to it.
northbard
May. 29th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
By the eighteen hallowed hells of Hathraxian man, you're right!
uniquecrash5
May. 29th, 2006 10:36 pm (UTC)
I've tried changing my cursing habits and (for me at least) it's kinda hard. I did cut down on saying 'Jesus Christ' or 'Goddamn it' a lot when I worked construction with a nice Christian boy who asked me not to...

As far basic exclaimations though I haven't found something that satisfies my habits quite like fuck and shit though; the main thing being that they're short...
a2macgeek
May. 29th, 2006 11:31 pm (UTC)
I started using frell, especially after my first niece was born and I needed a swear I could use around her.
akasha_aurora
May. 30th, 2006 03:30 am (UTC)
you could go battlestar and start saying frack :p
simonepdx
Jun. 3rd, 2006 12:25 am (UTC)
Dood!

Sweet!
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