04 September 2006

How to Stop Swearing

Yesterday Google offered us all this educational and useful article. Indeed, it is a rare treat - a full unabridged guide to cleaning up your act, and woe to him who disregards it!

I am currently on the first step of this excellent guide:

Recognize that you have a problem. Swearing is a habit. A habit is always difficult to break, so the first thing that you need to do is recognize that you have a problem with swearing. If every second word is #!% this and !^#% that, then you have a problem. If you think the only cool way to reply to a friend, parent, teacher or co-worker is with an expletive, then you have a problem. If you don't know how to speak comfortably without swearing, then you have a problem.

It is good shit, I swear. I am mulling it over since yesterday. I have just watched a discourse on the Middle East issues, and I can tell you without any monkey business - the guy there lays on the F-word quite heavily.

On the other hand, when you try to replace that F-word with, for example, "darn" or, for instance, "cursed" - in short any one of the recommended surrogates - the whole explanation seems to lose something very important, making it gray, tasteless and boring.

I don't know. Life is not simple, it seems. And WTF do they mean by "#!%" and "!^#%"? And what is the difference between the two?