What the *****?


#1

What is your opinion about cussing? Is it a serious sin? I know of someone who won’t even allow substitute words for cussing such and dar n, shoot, heck, phooey, etc. I think that there needs to be some way to express the feelings that go along with these words. There have to be some substitute words.


#2

I say “Jiminy”, “Jiminy Crickets”, “Dang”, “fooey” and “fart” but by the measure of your friend, I’m way out of line.

Don’t know what to say,

CARose


#3

Well, I have a big problem with cussing, myself. I am trying to get ahold of the problem and am slowly reining it in.

I started with “God” and “Jesus” in vain. “Lord” ought to be on that list, but I tell myself that, hey, there are English lords so it doesn’t necessarily have to be the name of God… Anyway, I’m becoming more aware of them in my speech which is the first step in eradicating them entirely.

Then, there are the F-bomb and the S-bomb. Now, I think the F-bomb is bad because it takes something that should be good and pure and makes it dirty and vile. However, an occassional, well-placed f-bomb can be highly effective in certain situations. I just want to be sure I’ve gotten it out of my normal vocabulary and only use it if I’ve decided “This person maybe will be shocked into sense if I unleash an F-bomb on her.”

The S-bomb isn’t really so evil since it’s, well, a factual word for something that’s really not a good thing. I just think it’s an ugly word and people don’t really like it, so it would be best if I eradicated it entirely, too.

The word “Hell” doesn’t seem so very bad. I mean, it’s a place that we talk about on here all the time. It’s probably not nice to tell somebody to go there, but I don’t see what’s wrong with wondering what in the…? once in a while.

I think the substitutions are funny. “Gosh” is lame, but “Tarnation!” is hilarious. I think if something inspired me to yell “Tarnation!” or “Jiminy Cricket!” I’d probably end up laughing about it. Yeah, I’m all for “tarnation.”

When I was in the military, this one petty officer would yell “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!?!” and that always made us laugh.

Speaking of which, are “snafu” and “fubar” also out?


#4

I used to know the origins of “foobar” (a programming term in it’s infancy), but I don’t recall it any more. Considering the source, it was probably not for polite company.

CARose


#5

Here’s another question. What about saying, “Jesus! Jesus help us” or “Jesus, Mary, Joseph help this family; they’re driving me crazy”?


#6

I must agree that there is no substitute for a well placed F word. I really despise it - but I use it on occasion. I really dislike the S-bomb and rarely use it.
My problem with the F-bomb is only shadowed by a quick flaring temper that generallly preceeds the launch of the F-bomb :o
I’m sorry Lord, I will try harder!! :gopray:


#7

I often come up substitutes at the spur of the moment. Somethings sound pretty rediculous. One day I yelled out “fudge fruit!!” My husband and my daughter just cracked up.

I’ll also say and exasperated “God Bless America!” instead of God *** it. I’m not sure if that’s still being disrectful but I guess it’s better than the latter. I do get some strange looks from co-workers though.

I did say something in regular conversation that made me pause. I used the term God awful. That’s got to be bad, I mean how could anything be God awful. Funny how some weird pharses creep into our language. Like cold as hell, now that doesn’t make any sense.

I do use frickin’ and freakin’ sometimes. And cr*p-thats vulgar especially if your 9 year old repeats it.:o

I’ll say something “peaves me off”, that seems ok although not grammatically correct.

Ok it’s late. Gotta get to bed.


#8

Cussing is not socially appropriate. But it’s not a sin.

Using God’s name irreverently, however, IS.

$0.02 duly deposited.


#9

I agree. “tarnation” sounds hilarious, although cussing in general is undesirable in most situations.

Gerry :slight_smile:


#10

Yes. Taking the Lord’s name is vain indeed is a sin, and must be avoided like the plague.

Gerry :slight_smile:


#11

I admit i let rip with some very inappropriate language when my son isnt around and i quite often feel a lot better for it. I never, ever take our Lords name in vain but my hubby does, im so sick of correcting him.


#12

You wanna stop him from taking God’s name in vain?

Tell him: “Oh! You’ve invoked Our Lord! To not pray to him now would be like calling someone and then hanging up!” Then EVERY SINGLE TIME HE DOES IT, pray the Lord’s Prayer. I mean, stop whatever you’re doing and lift up your hands and say the Lord’s Prayer.

Particularly around other people.


#13

[quote=CARose]I used to know the origins of “foobar” (a programming term in it’s infancy), but I don’t recall it any more. Considering the source, it was probably not for polite company.

CARose
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“F-ed Up Beyond All Recognition”


#14

It’s sad that we even know these words because they are too easy to use. I think it goes to “what goes in must come out”.

My youngest son was in a terrible accident when he was 11. He was taken from the accident scene already in a coma. In the emergency room, he spoke words I didn’t even know he knew, but had obviously heard. After 2 weeks in the coma, he came out of it and I never heard those words from his mouth again - but they were in his mind! It was a lesson to me about how we speak.


#15

I’m getting better at not swearing. My 7 year old lets me know when I do…and often repeats what I say. This is a problem since I like to watch the Badgers and Packers, and at times lose my temper.

However, I use “nutcakes”, rat farts, and my favorite from a tv commercial “great googly moogly”…

Bri


#16

[quote=catsrus]It’s sad that we even know these words because they are too easy to use. I think it goes to “what goes in must come out”.

My youngest son was in a terrible accident when he was 11. He was taken from the accident scene already in a coma. In the emergency room, he spoke words I didn’t even know he knew, but had obviously heard. After 2 weeks in the coma, he came out of it and I never heard those words from his mouth again - but they were in his mind! It was a lesson to me about how we speak.
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I’ve worked with stroke patients. On occasion if the stroke was in a certain language center of the brain those emotionally laden words are the words that emerge. With one patient that was all she could say. This was not her at all before the stroke.

Yes, it is a lesson to be learned.


#17

So, if cursing is not socially appropriate what is an appropriate way to express these feelings 'cause these feelings exist even without the words?


#18

[quote=Veronica Anne]Cussing is not socially appropriate.
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In what society? Sadly, in the modern American society it seems perfectly acceptable. :mad:

For those interested, there’s an old poll on these fora about four-letter words, here:
forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=12823


#19

Psalm 141:3 “Set a guard, LORD, before my mouth, a gatekeeper at my lips.”

Psalm 19:15 as well
And then of course there’s the entire 3rd Chapter of James which deals w/ pretty much nothing but this topic.

Jesus also said that we will give account for every idle word that comes out of our mouth… If that doesn’t give us a case of Scruples, I don’t know what would.

Personally, I can peel paint off the walls and even blast chunks from the underlying concrete blocks :frowning: I don’t do it much any more but the potential is still very much there. I find myself often asking Our Lord to help me keep my big Irish mouth shut and not to let me disgrace the Gospel. Realizing, as I do, that no one will see Christ in me if I sound just like every one else. Hence: I work at it…& have for years. It’s MUCH better than it was years ago, but I still have to offer up that Act of Contrition from time to time when I have let my mouth get away from me. A public apology is also humbly appropriate. Consecration to the Blessed Virgin as an M.I. also helps greatly. I love my Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. :thumbsup:


#20

I do not like to hear swearing so I say “oh sugar”, drats or crumb.

My son is making his first pennance soon and I have been stressing that saying “oh God’” for any reason is not good. I have noticed this to be a catch phrase for all emotions. I am trying to nip it in the bud.


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