12:20:2003 Entry: "Ann : Obscenery"
Note: deleted letters are not because I'm being polite...I'm just trying to avoid being google bait. Like I don't cuss in front of my parents not out of respect for them, but because *I* don't want to be subjected to their endless lectures on the topic. Yes, it's selfish, I admit.
It is ridiculous to be insulted by 'cuss' words that involve body fluids or body parts, especially when one differentiates between 'proper', i.e., 'non-cuss' and 'cuss' when it's still the same damn word, for example 'sh*t' vs. 'stool'. It's still excremement, no matter how you slice it, not that you'd want to slice it necessarily. 'C*nt' is a bad word, but 'v*gina' is ok. A rose is a rose... It's actually silly that humans even use these words as expletives, insults and curses when they're a part of life, a part of human biology and anatomy. I was thinking about this the other day (and really, it has nothing to do with the old George Carlin comedy routine, but here's a link to that in case you're not familiar with it)...why don't we use *inhuman* things to insult people with and to curse with? Everyone says technology is dehumanizing, I say we use technology terminology as the new cussing paradigm. Silicon, circuits, motherboard (heh), diode, CPU, and my favorite, SCSI. The possibilities are endless. Of course, it would become dated and outmoded rather quickly as the technology changed, which you can't say about body parts or fluids...we'll always have those, so it's rather timeless, I'll give it that.
Oh well, it was worth a shot.
'We train young men to drop fire on people. But their commanders won't allow them to write "f*ck" on their airplanes because it's obscene!'
-Colonel Walter E. Kurtz in "Apocalypse Now'