A couple of weeks ago I posted in a comment that I think that cussing is funny. Since then I have intended to post my thoughts on why foul language is funny, and doesn’t have to be offensive. But I can’t.
The truth is that I crack up at foul language all the time, its just funny to me. Not calling people bad names or swearing at them (unless its in jest), but using cuss words to express strong emotions or to add emphasis to a statement. Even as a kid I thought it was hilarious. My parents can tell you some stories.
For instance: a couple of years ago a friend and co-worker started catching himself cussing at meetings and with clients without realizing that he was doing it, so he decided that it needed to stop. We talked about it and he decided to put a swear jar in his cube. The intent was that every time he said a foul word he’d put some money into the jar. This went on for about a week before he got angry with the process. So, instead of putting money in the jar he would hold the jar up to his face and swear “into” the jar.
This CRACKED ME UP! I couldn’t help it. I’d be working in my cube and hear this muffled “f#@^ $i#* @&^ report!” and I’d just loose it. I couldn’t quite make out what he was saying, but the image of him holding a jar up to his face and letting it rip still cracks me up. I could tell dozens of other stories, but you get the point.
I recognize that this isn’t one of my more impressive traits, and I appreciate it when people call me out. Left to my own devices, I’d gladly wallow in my own crapulence (no, that’s not a bad word, look it up). Last night I was playing cards with some friends and I caught myself a couple of times. I could tell that it made one person uncomfortable, and I was convicted.
Here’s what scripture has to say on the subject:
Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
Its not that…
Dang. I can’t get around that. There’s no room for an ambiguous interpretation.
Swearmart (KLH gets the credit for that word) is now closed. But, I’ll say this. If you want to help me then call me out when you hear me swear. And if you want to make me laugh…
Reading: about 42 different textbooks plus Ender’s Game.