There was only one swear

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Overheard in a PEC meeting about the movie “Bucket List”:

>There was only one swear

17 thoughts on “There was only one swear

  1. I think the thought behind a particular word can be far more offensive than words that are on the “official” profanity list. I’ve taken offense much more often at members using substitute cuss words than I have at anyone who happens to use course language to color their speech.

  2. My problem is I don’t notice the cussing and that gets me in no end of trouble. Because I’m forever recommending books or movies and forgetting there’s stuff in there that might bother people. Also I think some people are too sensitive.

    I’m with Marcus. I remember a lady calling another lady a “beeawtch” in a meeting. I looked at her and said “you cussed!” And she said, “I did not.”

    And I thought, “oh yeah, you did.”

  3. There was a lot of cursing after the movie, most of it was from me about having to pay money to see that paint by numbers script of a movie…

  4. What bugs me is that “swear” is a verb. You can swear once, but you can’t have “one swear”.

  5. My own husband, whom I adore, called “Troy”: pornographic, but with a good story. This was said in church. My point: People say stupid things sometimes.

    But as for this comment of discussion. Why as Mormon’s do we feel the need to count swear words? My MIL does this. Titanic was met with, “there were 7 swear words in the first 5 minutes!” I think this kind of perspective on living is akin to “the glass is half empty” thinking. When you look for sin, and glaringly point it out, you sometimes miss the point. I think it only sets a standard of holier-than-thou standard score card keeping. If you don’t like it, leave or turn the thing off. Don’t sit there and count swear words.

  6. You bring up a good point, Nikki. If one considers swear words to be bad, why would one even get up to 7? Shouldn’t one get to only 1 and then leave/turn it off?

  7. Man…if one counted in our house you’d be walking out everyday!!!

    But, it is okay for people to replace these “bad” words with Frickin, Frackin, Shyte, Heck, Gosh, etc. If you have the intent…you might as well just say the real deal. It’s what you’re thinking.

    Just keep it real.

  8. I really don’t agree. If I say one of those words, I’m not thinking of another word. I’m just thinking of the word I say, and not intending any disrespect or offense when I say it.

  9. So…if you say, for example, are really mad and you say “frick you”(which I have heard many young LDS youth say), that is what you are thinking about?

    I don’t know about that, they are really thinking in their heads “#%&$ you”! So why not just say it and quit pretending that they are better than those that are saying the real deal. Just because you don’t say the “curse” word, and they are all curse words in my opinion, you are getting some point of anger or whatnot across.

    I think that there are certain words, that we try not to say in front of children,to maybe parents, or in certain places, that may be disrespectful or offensive.

    However, for the most part any “curse” word, real or made up, always has some intent. To say otherwise, is sounding a wee bit holier than thou to me.

  10. Well, I don’t say “frick you.” So maybe the comparison between what I say and the examples you’re discussing is inapposite.

    I suppose you’re right when you say that these words have an intent. I just deny that my intent when I say, “Gosh!” or “Jeepers creepers” or “the whole flippin’ thing” is offensive.

    I’m sorry you think I’m acting “holier than thou” whether in wee bits or other portions.

  11. Words are just words unless we make them to be more than they are intended to be and that is “just words”. Little can be done to change the meaning or usage of words. However, we can change how we react to them. Remember, it is not what is said that is important but what is done.

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