I find it interesting that FOX TV is the one sueing to be able to use the F
word.Correct me if I am wrong but didn't our family values Vice
President with in the past two years use the F word on the floor of the United
States Senate?I have always thought that profanity is the crutch of
We empower profanity with our prudishness. George carlin forced us to realise
that we create profanity by giving it definition. And we continue to do so.
Well if its "the norm," then it ain't profanity, right?
Wow, I think the previous three comments are kind of weird and basically
meaningless. And I don't think George Carlin added anything whatsoever to
It would be in very poor taste to call your grandmother a dirty old hag. It
would be in poor taste, but not illegal -- nor should it be. If you are offended
by the content of a television program, the solution is very simple: turn it
off. The broadcasters will soon get the message.
Is "frickin" the F-word?
The same also goes for the word "freakin'" in everyday use. This word has become
a "cover-up" word for when the speaker/writer really intends it to convey the
same intent as the infamous "f-word." All too often, even in church settings,
people have used the cover-up word not really thinking about what it is they are
saying. This has become merely a synonym for the offensive, just as "flip" was
often used. Think about it, it sounds like a duck, walks like a duck, and has
nothing to do with the actual definition of "freak." It's inappropriate to use,
in any context, just as is the "f-bomb."
Anytime I hear someone resort to dropping the F-bomb, they are telling me and
anyone else listening that they suffer from a lack of intelligence and/or
education, either of which has sorely inhibited the extent of their vocabulary.
Such linguistically challenged individuals are becoming increasingly
commonplace; nevertheless, this is no valid justification for the rest of us to
stoop to their lower standard of communication.
It is pretty normal to hear that word when you're out and about. Which is
exactly why those of us who don't WANT to hear it shouldn't be forced to do so
in the privacy of our own homes. Yet another reason why I almost never watch tv
What would church baseketball be without profanity?
"Profanity is the language of the uneducated" - Mark Twain
It's all just words and it is the norm. Outside of religious contexts and
places where kids are present, profanity is the norm. I've worked with people
educated at the best universities throughout the world and almost all of them
use profanity. I'll let others decide what that says about society, but from my
experience the use of "profanity" is absolutely normal and common.
Just like it said in the article, there is a difference between free speech and
what you hear on public TV. If you make it ok for the F-word to be on TV then
soon regular TV shows that don't currently use those words will start to because
it's ok. We won't be able to watch a lot of shows that we do because of the
language that is used. My children already live in a world where they hear swear
words at school, at a friends house, at the playground, at the movies and
restraunts because people have the right to say what they please, but my home is
a place where they shouldn't have to hear those things. Me and my husband should
be able to watch TV without my children hearing the "bad words" that they say.
But I also do not want to be the mother that doesn't let her kids watch TV
because the language is unacceptable. The F word should remain in the mouths of
those that choose to say it, not on public television accessable by children.
I have an overabundance of intelligence and education, yet sometimes I still use
the f-bomb. I also have a large vocabulary. I disagree that using ANY words is
somehow a "lower standard of communication".
Though turning the TV off or changing the channel helps us individually, it has
proven largely ineffective for the industry as a whole. When a program pushes
the boundaries just a bit it passes by being noticed but not widely protested.
Only the most egregious stuff gets protested and changed but each push at the
wall moves it ever so much. Incrementalism means that the boundaries move each
year and it is really tough to fight. A little help from the FCC would be
It depends on the situation, but I do not believe that using the "F-word" every
once in a while is a sign of lower intelligence and/or education. In fact, a
well-placed "F-word" can be quite effective. But those who use it frequently
(such as in every sentence) are probably not among the most educated
individuals. On the other hand, I don't necessarily think it's lazy
for a filmmaker or writer to create characters who rely on such foul language -
for it is a fact that such people do exist, and the fact that they created those
characters does not necessarily mean they support their actions or manners of
speaking. Most of the time it is gratuitous, but some do in fact have a
greater purpose. However, I have no problem with such stuff being kept of
public television. The lazy writing of a vast majority of sitcoms won't be made
any better by throwing in a few more swear words. And I'm rambling.
Our society as a whole is just getting dumber by the minute. Using the F-Bomb
just shows a lack of intelligence that seems to be growing.
Unfortunately it is not education that determines ones language. I have worked
both blue collar and white collar jobs and more often it is the "well-educated"
who feel they must spice up their language with profanities. The average,
hard-working American is too busy earning a living to worry about these things.
They still wash their kids mouths out with soap and know that there are times
and places where such words are not appropriate -- places like the public
I encourage individuals who use such profanity to rise above it.There are
some Individuals who seem to have command of the English language and are able
to speak freely and clearly with tremendous powers of expression. I have also
heard others who are not articulate, but are able to communicate without
profanity. Sadly I have heard and listned to some who seem to be unable to
communicate without profanity, which I believe exposes a lack of willingness and
perhaps self control to better learn the English language.
Who decided which words were swear words and which words were ok to use? Why
are silly words fobidden? It just doesn't make sense. They are just words.
While I agree that we can turn off the TV or change the channel, this is only
part of the problem.Allowing profanity under freedom of speech is
akin to allowing littering under freedom of the press.I can keep
profanity out of my home by controlling the media we take in. We live in the
American culture. Profanity pollutes my culture.I live and work in
the Seattle area. People in another group were using the f-bomb on a regular
basis. People need to know that this language is not acceptable or they will
look at you like you have two heads if you complain.
Cats -- if George Carlin is your moral compass, you may need to rethink your
raison d'etre. Profanity, obscenity and vulgarity offend a significant number
of us, and we should not be forced to countenance them. Public policy should
not be aimed at sharing intellectual poverty.
Though I strongly support reasonable limits for profanity on TV, I seems to me
that the shows themselves are much worse for the brain than some naughty words.
How many people were absolutely insane (and inane) over a singing contest just
recently?To Proud2BPrude: low intelligence or lack of education is
not causal to F-bomb usage. Properly employed profanity is merely a linguistic
tool that startles, grabs attention, emphasizes a point, and helps establish
both commonality and dominance within social heirarchies. People use it
carelessly and ineffectually all the time (those are the people for whom F-bomb
usage indicates low verbal acuity) but it's not fair to say there is never a
justification for being profane.I mean, it just wouldn't have been
the same if Clark Gable had said, "frankly, my dear, I don't care", right?
Sadly, I can't really go anywhere these days without hearing that word, so I
have to say it seems pretty much the norm to me. But I still don't see trying to
enforce some reasonable broadcast standards as being unconstitutional.However, I do have to say I find most of the content on Fox's "Family Guy"
more offensive than that word. The F-word (which some people still insist on
calling "the R-rated curse word" even though it's been allowed in PG or Pg-13
movies from time to time for DECADES) is not really worse to me than other
explicit vulgarisms, and there is certainly no religious standard that makes it
so (I'm not defending the F-word, I'm wondering why people who hate it put up
with so much else).
Profanity is NOT the norm everywhere. It is the norm where people have decided
it is acceptable to be vulgar and base, regularly expressing disregard for those
around them and punishing those who disagree. I was in a McDonald's one
Saturday with my family, including 5 children ages 4 - 16. There were other
high school kids there on their own. One or two let slip a swear word, but when
they realized there were little kids present they stopped.Another
group walked in letting loose an unending stream of vulgarity. I asked them to
stop, and a girl spewed a hateful mouthful of it aimed at me, telling me I had
no right to tell her anything and to go back to my "f-ing" burger. So, as it
pleased me, I spoke up to management who threw them all out.Vulgarity is only accepted where we collectively promote it, either by using
it or tolerating it. As long as the airwaves are public (owned by the Fed and
leased to broadcasters), there should not be vulgarity on TV/radio. To allow it
would be promotion of such by the Feds, who have to answer to our votes.
Isn't it interesting that people are so offended by prayer in school and believe
that they have the right to have their children in school without being
subjected to prayer and its influence but are championing the cause of being
able to use profanity if they choose. Why should I have to turn off the TV? I
have the right to watch a public program with expectations of clean language
just as much as you neandrathals have the right to go to school and not have to
hear a prayer. Check your values.
Fetch! What the heck are you darn people talking about!
Filler words (like "freaking") are not equal to actual profanity because despite
the fact that in a phrase they might take the place of offensive words most
people who say them or hear them (at least in my opinion) are not mentally
replacing them with anything offensive. I also think that it's
ridiculous that someone somewhere deemed certain words offensive and other words
okay (ex. butt vs. a**), but whatever the reason for those classifications at
this point they are what they are. The sole purpose for using those words is to
offend and although there might be a place for them in certain pieces of film or
literature (or in people's conversations with eachother) they really don't
belong on publicly-owned airwaves. Freedom of speech does not
guarantee someone the right to say whatever they want however they want wherever
they want to whoever they want without consequences.
Lincoln once asked how many legs would a dog have if you called the tail leg.
The answer: four, it doesn't matter that you call the tail a leg, it is still a
tail.Same thing with profanity. It is vulgar, crass and has no
place in civil discourse. No matter what people say about it.In
former times it was used in locker rooms and rough working areas of men only.The gendre of hip-hop has brought the words to the common volcabulary
for children, as well as teens and adults.You are not enlightened
when you use it. You are brain dead, otherwise you could express yourself in
much better ways.It is a lazy bunch of words. I know, I used them
inm sports my whole life. In the locker rooms ect... It took a long time to
stop using them. But we never did use them in public.perhaps
society is dumbing down. people say they are pushing the envelope! But they
are pushing it DOWN, not up.
Profanity is a bad habit that is sometimes hard to break!!
I agree that we need to fight more negative things allowed coming onto TV. The
problem is that enough people keep watching whatever the networks put on the TV,
then they get used to more vulgar things. I am one of them, so I am not
judging. But I don't want to allow this bad TV into my home anymore. If we
complained to the networks things would hopefully change. We can also turn off
the TV. What I am trying to say is that we need to screen the stuff our kids
and what we watch, and fight to make our voice heard. We shouldn't sit back
idly and let the makers of TV shows think we are ok with what they are putting
Any idiot knows that it's indecent. That's why they say it.
Did it bother anyone else that the Des news interviewed a former reporter from
their own paper to put together a self-serving article? I guess you can do that
if you're preaching to the choir. The article gives all the hoity-toitys a
chance to call anyone who curses "uneducated." The reality is everyone curses,
even the most educated professor (or president).
@ Sam...I beg to differ with you. I don't now what "reality" you live in,
but not everyone curses. There are civilized people in all walks of life who
discipline their language to avoid cursing at all times.I grew up in
a rural environment where we worked shoulder-to-shoulder with farm hands every
day. Cursing was a matter-of-course. Except for my father. My brother and I
never heard my father utter a curse word in all the years working in the field.
He was universally respected among the hired hands: they never cursed in his
presence. I observed several things in that setting: 1) clean language sets you
apart and earns you respect, 2) people curse to impress, shock, put down or
amuse others, 3) those who curse are aware of their language and that curse
words are inappropriate and may offend 4) People have the ability to turn
cursing off when they want to.Following my father's example, I don't
curse. I have friends who do, but they make it a point to not curse around me,
and if someone else does, they bring them up short.
After reading the article and these comments, it seems that most of you have
missed a very basic thought. That is that words convey thought. Words are
spoken or written sounds, which people have deemed thoughts transfered.
Throughout history, there have been "good words" and "bad words". Regardless of
the word, it is the thought behind it that counts. For that alone, the
"freaking, flipping, etc. etc. etc. are in my opinion, all weaknesses in the
thought processes. People control your thoughts and you will control your
To: Also P2B Prude--You either didn't read my blog or totally misinterpreted
it. I can't stand George Carlin and I thought I made that point in my blog. My
point was that I don't think George Carlin added ANYTHING to public discourse by
his so called "hilarious" and "insightful" comments about profanity. I don't
even think he was the least bit funny. He shouldn't be a moral compass or guide
for anyone. I thought my blog made that clear.I am totally opposed
to profanity and think it is an example of the continuing coursening of society.
I don't think it adds anything to television or movies. In fact, that's why
I'm such a big fan of movies from the golden era of Hollywood. They have
grown-up plots without sex or filthy language. I'm getting so I hardly want to
go to the movies any more and I watch no network television.Please,
we can all be better people and be more considerate of others if we use better
language. I hope the Supreme Court will uphold the FCC's right to monitor and
regulate fowl language over the publicly licensed airwaves.
I attend a prestigious east coast university and hear the medical students drop
the f- bomb more than just about any other word. They sound absolutely
ridiculous. Unless you're Bruce Willis- you sound like a moron.
It seems like the media and the politically correct world at large worry about
everyone feelings but mine. They bend over backwards to avoid offending people
based on race, ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, income level,
obesity, and the list goes on and on. For me the "F word" or
hearing God's name taken in vain is every bit as offensive to my ears as hearing
the N word is for a black person or the other "F" word is for someone who is
gay. How can I know that? By the way I feel. How about including those with
traditional judeochristian morals and values in with everyone else? After all,
we are a minority now. And as for "normal", I can tell you that I
almost never hear profanity at work. I golf weekly at a nice golf course in the
Southeast, and more of the men I play with deport themselves as gentleman than
not. There is still a very sizable population of people who do not consider
vulgar words a part of normal speech.
I have to admit that I am prone to drop a few curse words on occasion. D, H,
and S are my uses. I tried to not say any of these for a day not long ago. I
made it until 9:00 AM. I have continued to try and break my habit. I am a work
in progress. It's not necessarily due to lack of education or vocabulary. It
is a habit. I am saving all of my swear words for tomorrow after the election.
It is,however, all right to swear when you're working with cattle. It's the
only language the damn things understand. My old Stake President once told me
I haven't said an audible swear word in more than 10 years and that includes the
D, H and S words. My choice is based on being an example to my children. I too,
am offended by the F word and sadly, as I walked the halls of my daughter's Jr.
High the other day I heard it said by a student. My daughter turned to me and
said, "You're going to hear some colorful words today, dad." Makes me sick to
think that she is exposed to that on a daily basis. On the other hand,
when I was a teenage, I remember my Sunday School Teacher once say just as
naturally as can be, "I'd rather pick S*** with the chickens than to let my
neighbors go hungry when I have meat in my freezer." (or something like that).
He, too was an Idaho rancher and former Bishop, former Military Intelligence and
a very, very good man.I would be happy to become half the man that he was.
Really, it doesn't say what kind of person you are unless you only swear to
purposely make others uncomfortable.
well, maybe we're not ready for the f word on broadcast stations but as far as
profanity not being the norm in society I think this guy is full of "BS" I
don't care what rules businesses have, most people swear at one time or
another...even if it's in private or under their breath.
Here comes another wasted 25 million the LDS will waste on morality causes that
have no bearing whatsoever on soceity. Intent is whats really at stake. Honestly
fetch, freak, heck, etc all "mean" or the "intent" is the same as the word that
you find so offensive and is commonly spoken by the LDS. So honestly, if say
someone speaking russian was strolling by you speaking his native tongue
swearing you wouldn't be offended cause you would have no clue what he was
saying unless you understood what he was saying at the time. So its you not the
speaker that choose to be offended. The BYU study would have done well to run it
by a few philosophy departments since modern philosophy deals with language
extensively. Here we go with yet another arguement from majority, just because
the "majority" doesn't use such language doesn't mean it's ok to limit others
from using it. That's the beauty of the first, sometimes language is going to go
against the norm and it needs to be protected.