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In an attempt to teach myself how to immerse myself in a book again, I've been re-reading Lord of the Rings, and as I've progressed through it, I've had a growing desire to make my speech and writing more beautiful. The first aspect of my words that comes to mind is my cursing.

Thus far I've felt that cursing is merely a fashion of words that polite society drowns upon. Not being much a fan of catering to the easily offended, I've taken pride in my choice to utilize the entire English language as I see fit. That logic continues to appeal to me quite a lot, but when I consider it in the context of beauty, it's immediately apparent how harsh cursing is in comparison to the rest of our language. Even the most jaded ears can spot the difference it makes upon one's message.

I don't buy the argument that swearing is uncreative or lazy. The strength of a word such as fuck doesn't come from its power to offend or its ability to displace other, more proper words. Its strength, as I see it, lies solely in the fact that it's unbeautiful in its motive and in its result. The unbeauty of its sound and structure seems totally contextual, in regards to the surrounding culture or situation, and is irrelevant in a discussion that seeks timeless, absolute answers.

Considering it in this manner seems more in sync with our speech as a whole. To curse another's name, is (in this age, anyways), to speak unbeautiful words about another. To be cursed, is to be unbeautiful, and whether that unbeauty is seen or unseen, is irrelevant. The relationship between polite society and cursing, then, becomes more logical; polite society has long thrived on its desire for beauty, to surround itself with beautiful people, beautiful things, beautiful words. Yet, the wise will see the skin-deep nature of this beauty, and thus the absence of something like cursing doesn't make their illusion of beauty any more real.

Simply, I don't know what to do with my favorite four-letter words. In many cases, my speech feels wholly neutered or too aloof when I abstain from it, but I often myself being too cavalier about its use. Indeed, I make a point about cursing on this blog so as to set myself apart from my past associations, and I do the same in conversation. Among Christians, I tend to enjoy being seen as a non-Christian: not in an uncouth manner, but I enjoy playing devil's advocate, and I especially delight in challenging the common assumption in Christian groups that everyone here is of like mind and heart. In non-Christian settings, I prefer to make my mark elsewhere, as I find no moral high ground in declining to swear.

I suppose it might seem obvious that if I wish to make my speech more beautiful, and cursing is by nature unbeautiful, that I would abandon it; but a large portion of me regrets the though of parting from it, and I don't really know why.
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Anonymous Sho said...
You can think of it this way. Swear words are like exclamation points. They show that you really mean something. But!! It's obnoxious if you use them too much!!!!!!!!!!!! Not to mention that they lose their impact after a while!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous danielreid said...
i'd re-read proverbs and look for the keyword "perverse", as it pertains to language and speach.

i love you anyway though ;)
Blogger MC Froehlich said...
until you can demonstrate that cursing is actually perverse, i'll pass ;)

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