By: Tracy Madlener
“No f*#%ing way!” Now that I got your attention, those were the words that got my attention while standing in line at Costco with my kids standing right next to me. As I turned to the voice that made this comment, I looked at him, then looked at my kids, then looked at him again and said, “Really? Can you not use those words exactly right now?”
The look on his face was of embarrassment and an apology followed in a matter of seconds, but the damage was already done, sort of. Thankfully, my kids didn’t pay much attention to what or who I was talking to as they were most interested in the red phone that connects a customer to order a pizza and how were they going to convince me to pick up the receiver.
When did swearing become a daily part of casual conversations? I totally get letting off a good… F%$#!!! every now and then, provided that there are no little ears around, but what happened to creative adjectives? Sometimes an adjective or even a made up word gets the point across just as well, for instance; FIGGLEFARGO! See? Same tone but family friendly.
I bet if the singers on the radio said Figglefargo in their lyrics, there might not be so many bleeps made by the radio station, which brings me to another question… When did swearing become okay to put in the lyrics of songs that we listen to on the radio usually with the family in the car? I have to pay attention to the lyrics because even with the bleeps, you still know what the singer is saying and my kids are usually sitting right next to me. What kind of example are we setting for the next generation?
And then there are print magazines. There are several that I would love my oldest child to read for the great information that they have to offer, but I have read articles in those magazines that made me think otherwise. One of them is Fast Company. A favorite of mine because of the forward thinking and always edgy content, I know my son would enjoy it… BUT, the first time I saw f*#k in one of their stories, I was a bit turned off that language like that was used in a business type magazine, edgy or not.
I get it, I really do, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, but what about freedom of not having to listen to foul language or see the text in a place where it shouldn’t be? Is anybody else tired of it too or do I need to just get with the times? “No Figglefargo way!”
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