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Profanity Has Gone Mainstream
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Last edited: Saturday, August 11, 2012
Posted: Saturday, November 01, 2008

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Our youth are being subjected to an abundance of profanity that today's society has taken to a whole new level.

   Today's society has taken profanity to a whole new level, as if its backbone has absolutely no merit. Why does it have to be used so often, and so forcefully? It's used in movies, plays, television shows, video games, right down to cartoons. Why does it seem like profanity is the most chosen way to get a point across nowadays? There are so many words in thousands of dictionaries. Do you mean to tell me that there aren't any other words besides profanity, that will be just as effective? Profanity seems to be glorified to the point that teenagers think it's actually COOL. Sure, a lot of grown-ups use profanity on a regular basis unnecessarily, and in every day situations.

   However, when such smut is coming from the mouths of teenagers, pre-teens, and as young as toddlers; that puts a whole new spin on them. They are spewing profanity like a fountain overflowing with liquid filth, hatred, hostility, aggression, etc. In addition, many public school children are using those words so forcefully, without actually knowing the meaning of the words they're using. They don't seem to think about, or care whether or not their parent/parents, or any other grown-up may hear them. It's shameful, and it befuddles me to see children under the age of ten calling each other mother-f-ers, the b word, saying f you, and so on.

   CHILDREN ARE SO EASILY INFLUENCED by what they pick up from older children, and adults who should be the ones setting a good example for all of our children, even if they're not yours. Then again, some households simply are unable to, or don't make the time to screen television programs, and computer usage in the household to ensure their children aren't listening to, and watching such filth. There used to be a time when children respected their elders. But some of today's youth have little, or no respect for their elders at all.The days of respect your elders, seem to be a thing of the past for a large population of today's youth.

   There are children from age five thru ten, who will curse you out as though they were grown. Actually, I feel that all children are cute and adorable. However, there's nothing cute, or adorable about a child with a foul mouth who spits out F and B words. People today should strongly consider the long term consequences profanity can have on our youth.









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Reviewed by Dianne Salerni 11/1/2008
A new family recently moved into our neighborhood. They didn't seem very friendly, and they were far too busy to meet their new neighbors. They drove their cars rather too fast through the development and never bothered to wave when they passed other residents. I admit, I held a grudge against them because they tore up the vegetable garden of the former owners and filled in the goldfish pond. (What kind of people do that?) But they hammered the proverbial nail into the coffin when our daughters encountered their sons playing in the neighborhood and came home reporting that the six year old and the three year old used profanity in their conversation. Our girls came right home, uncomfortable with the S words and D words and F words flying out of these small children's mouths.

Those words come from their parents. Neighbors have heard the husband address his wife in such a manner, so it is no wonder that their sons speak that way to little girls in the neighborhood.

It is truly a lack of respect and an utter dearth of civility and etiquette. I'm sorry to see it move into my tiny 13-home neighborhood, but I guess it was only a matter of time.

Maxine, do you think society is doomed??
Reviewed by Lloyd Lofthouse 11/1/2008
What you say is true. Along with this excess use of profanity, we see the end of civility. I taught in the public schools for thirty years--most of that time in high school. Walking along a hall outside of my classroom it was common to hear the "f_ _ _" word used and not in context. Under educated minds lose the ability to think and reason so they turn to shock value to gain attention. The rule in my classroom was simple: I don't use profanity and no one else does either. I'm a former Marine and a Vietnam Veteran, so I know how to use profanity but not in my classroom. Kids today have no idea how to use profanity--they just throw it in like maggots feeding on the dead. Years ago I saw an Barbara Walters special on Education. She said that 80% of the parents felt their job was over once their kids started school in kindergarden and the same number never visited their child's school, classroom or teachers. This use of profanity among our young is a sign of the loss of respect and morals in America--the beginning of the end of our civilization.
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