Goodness gracious,Golly Wally, geepers creepers, sha zam. good to think about
the time when Mom would wash my mouth out with sope. I could make her laugh by
I've always wondered why the movie ratings use the term "Adult
Language" instead of "Foul Language." Just saying, most adults I
know don't use rude foul language.
Excellent article Sherry! Almost 40 years ago, when I was in the miltary, I was
watching a national newscast and the anchor reported on a study that basically
said that the language we use is a reflection of our intellegence. That story
had a profound effect on me. I resolved to stop using profanity immediately.
Except for a few rare moments, I have been successful. Later, after I got
married, I was home with our first child, who was a handful, while my wife was
at a Church meeting. She (my two-year old daughter) got frustrated with me and
stood up, put her hands on her hips, cocked her head, and said, "Da.. it
Dad, give me a break." I was flabbergasted. Then I pictured her mother,
after Sarah had put her through the ringer, putting her hands on her hips,
cocking her head, and said, "Da.. it Sarah, give me a break." I then
laughed. Kids do pay attention to the language we use.
There came a time when I was so flabbergasted by my kids that I just
couldn't think of any other words. One of my daughters said, "those
words hurt my ears". We came up with a "swear jar". Each time I
swore, I put a quarter in it. It had to hurt, because a penny, nickle or a dime
wasn't enough. That did it! After a buck's worth of money, I was
Spencer W. Kimball once quoted the old saying: "Profanity is the effort of a
feeble mind to express itself forcibly."
I am currently reading the biography "Brigham Young, Pioneer Prophet" by
John G. Turner. Can a Prophet of God use language that would make a modern
sailor blush? Evidently so. Does this knock him off the Prophet pedestal? I
don't think so. B.Y had a lot on his plate to get the Intermountain west
settled. He also was a man of his times. I'm on page 275 of 413 BTW. Do
Church leaders use ungentlemanly language still? Probably, I don't worry