Having boarded UTA buses and trains nearly every workday for five years, I can't help but wonder how public profanity has become so commonplace. I'm not referring to the occasional youth trying to establish his (and increasingly, her) independence via age-old shock techniques but 30- and even 40-year-olds routinely peppering their public cell-phone conversations with obscenities once reserved for dock workers in pain.
In Japan it is considered the height of rudeness to even use a cell phone (other than for texting) in a public conveyance. In the absence of such public-spirited courtesy, couldn't we at least turn down the volume and quantity of commuter cursing? Not everyone is plugged into an iPod. Many of us prefer to listen to the music of the world, and we do not appreciate vile language interrupting the symphony.