@ SpringStreet - The point, evidently, when reading in context is that it is not
only the words themselves, but the meanings implied that would render speech
impossible upon an attempt to utter. If you were to make up your own swear
words, they would disappear on the spot. It's imaginary. I think it would
be so funny to see a video short about such a moment.
It seems to me we are already trying to make words disappear. We are labeling
them so that society ostracize us for them, such as 'racism' and
others. Too, we are making words disappear in the interest of fairness to one
gender or another so certain words, such as waiteress, mailman, and that ilk are
unacceptable. Finally, consider disallowing the use of phrases similar to
'illegal alien.'I've noticed that language is
becoming more useless because it cannot describe what needs description since we
might offend some race, religion, nationality, or political entity.Perhaps we'd be better at being less sensitive since all of us would
eliminate certain words according to our own ideals.
While the Doctor offers what maybe an mildly entertaining intellectual exercise
I wonder who would get to decide what words and phrases qualify as vulgar, rude,
profane, blasphemy, and what qualifies as verbal bullying?
Dr. Cramer might be a fantastic pediatrician, but he is completely out of his
depth talking about language. Some of these statements are almost
embarrassing."the evolution from Latin to French to early
English."English is a Germanic language, it has borrowed a lot
of French and Latin words, as well as Greek and just about every other language
it has come in contact with, but it is still a Germanic language.In
fact, a lot of the current 4 letter words are artifacts from pre-Latinate
contact. Many were the everyday term for such things until England was conquered
and French became the prestige language, with older Germanic terms being
associated with the peasants and then becoming "taboo" and
"obscene".Taboo language is a part of every language's
development.[“I can’t tell you how much I love
you.” Guess how that makes a child feel?]Perfectly happy from
what I remember. So long as the child is familiar with the language/culture in
which such an expression is used, which is the case for any expression.[Flip.]Given enough time even this bowdlerized exclamation could
What if negative or obscene words just disappeared?If obscene words
disappeared, I know several people who would no longer be able to speak!
I got taught the old fashioned way as a kid -- a bar of soap right in the mouth
and scraped onto my teeth if I said something inappropriate. It was a very
effective teaching method, and looking back, I am glad my parents were firm with
high standards of language! Wholesome language is very important.