Swearing does not shock me – it just turns me off. I don’t feel the same way about those who occasionally swear when the word fits the situation. And, I don’t feel the same way when I am reading a book or watching a movie and a character being true to their character swears. Provided children aren’t present I may swear when I stub my toe but I’m authentic online and I’m a very practical blogger. The way bloggers communicate and present themselves online is important, and as I want my content to be read by as wide an audience as possible, I don’t curse in my blog. How about you?
Freedom to express yourself is what blogging is all about and I don’t anyone to change their language to suit me. I don’t witness swearing in business blogs or in professional blogs. But I am curious about what has prompted the increase in swearing in personal blogs.
Unsurprisingly, in most if not all cultures swearing stems from the practice of the kind of magic rooted in the belief that some words had the power to bless and other words had the power to curse. Swearing began as blashemy and came to include “bad” words for private body parts and bodily functions.
In the Western, English-speaking world, people from every race, class and level of education swear. In America, 72 percent of men and 58 percent of women swear in public. The same is true for 74 percent of 18 to 34 year olds and 48 percent of people who are over age 55 [ref]. Numerous language researchers report that men swear more than women, but studies that focus on women’s use of language theorize that women’s swearing is simply more context specific. — How Swearing Works
What’s appealing about using cuss words as opposed to any other words in any language? Swear words are usually followed by exclamation points so does preferring their use have anything to do with:
- the sounds of the words themselves?
- the shock value factor?
- or something else?
Swear words are emotionally charged and can achieve effects that makes them powerful words. When we vent and utter powerful words we feel powerful.
Most children do tend to do what their parents do, regardless of what their parents tell them to do. Every generation make its mark by adopting different preferences and standards in language, clothes, music, etc. from the generations that have gone before. Youth particularly think swearing is a demonstration of bravdo but that fades away as they age.
When the personal bloggers of today have school age children, who can read their parents’ internet communication streams and follow their digital footprints it will be interesting to see what happens. How many will think their mommies and daddies, who swear like proverbial sailors in their blogs are cool and will emulate them? Or will there be the predictable backlash when that generation seeks to make its mark in the blogosphere?
What’s your response to swearing in personal blogs? Does it put you off reading them and subscribing to them? Are you into F-bomb free blogging?
A tip of the hat to Jay.me – Art & Stuff: digital paintings and sketches.