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Saturday, 15 July 2017

'Fuck' is a beautiful word

Fuck. Cunt. Motherfucking bastard cocksucking twat. Bitch. Wanker. Arsehole faggy nigger cock piss-taking piece of shit.

I love cursing. I’ve always cursed from when I was old enough to know what cursing was. Not necessarily out loud; my mum doesn’t like me cursing in front of her, and I’m aware many view cursing as a bad thing. I didn’t really become comfortable and slapdash with my cursing until I was about thirteen/fourteen.

When I was in school people thought I was a goody-two-shoes. They used to say things like ‘have you ever sworn in your life?’ when I was eleven. Of course I swore back at them in my head. I swear at a lot of people in my head. I think they thought I was a goody-goody because I was intelligent and passive and well-spoken and a teacher’s pet. I am good, I just have a bad temper.

Growing up in inner city London, everyone swears. It’s normal. I swear at my friends, they swear back at me. Expletives are part of my everyday dialogue. It’s hard for me not to swear because I’ve become so used to it. I try not to swear in front of my mum or relatives who don’t like it. My dad is more lax, but dads usually are.

Words have no inherent meaning; they’re just a series of vowels and consonants strung together. We give words meaning; otherwise we wouldn’t be able to communicate. I don’t believe that there are ‘good’ words and ‘bad’ words. Fuck, cunt and shit are three of my favourite words. I don’t view them as bad, I just view them as words. I like that they can be used in different contexts. Fuck can be used to describe sex; pain, joy, anger, fear, relief and shock. I frequently tell friends to go fuck themselves or piss off; not out of disrespect and anger, but humorously or endearingly. I find this is easier and more common with male friends, as guys tend to take themselves less seriously than girls. But cursing is neither male or female, although some backward fucktards still think it’s ‘unladylike’ to swear. Ladylike to me is nothing more than a stupid regressive Victorian-age term that means fuck all.

I guess the reason some people (particularly older people) dislike cursing is that they’ve been raised to view it as impolite or rude. But again, it’s about perspective, and evoking your own meaning onto words. I have no problem with a non-black person using the word ‘nigger’ as long as they’re using it in an explanatory and non-racist context. Or even a jokey context. Maybe I’m just not super fazed or offended by words.

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