My oldest son and I were speaking about our respective days and I spoke of a client who almost used expletives in speaking with me. My concern, in the moment, was to placate the client. You know the old adage, ‘the customer is always right’, however, I did not want to be taken advantage of as other things were said regarding me selling the client something they did not want. This was not the case and the restrained emotion I felt colored the situation and put extra starch into my professionally courteous tones.
However, this incident started a trend of thought in my mind that continued into the conversation with my soon-to-be 13 year old son many hours later.
What’s the history behind not using expletives? Why not use expletives if that’s what you’re feeling? The energy of those unspoken words still surfaces and advises the situation (in many cases…). So, why not just allow the words you truly mean to come out? Thereby making exchanges much more truthful and honest?
I can guarantee that there would be less cardiac arrest, less stress and many more content people in the workplace. When an engine blows off steam, it allows the entire unit to remain functional and stable, right?? So, how come people are so different?????
While all of this is tongue-in-cheek, there is a true question in all of this – should expletives be banned from TV airwaves to protect our precious ears and our children’s innocence from profanity? This was a national issue just a short time ago.
On April 28th, 2009, the Supreme Court wrestled with the topic of expletives on TV here in the US. The general idea that the winning Justices seem to believe is that Hollywood propitiates expletive language and that the American people (in small towns) don’t use expletives. It’s big city folks who do. [Yeah, sure. I’ll buy that as well as that big bridge…]
Which small towns are the Justices thinking about?? (Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the high court’s opinion.) To find out more about this, read about it here.
However, to have a lighter and a much more truthful conversation about this topic, read this lovely little forum about expletives, I think you’ll enjoy the different expressed opinions. [Note: For those easily offended by expletives, do not read this forum!]
You’ll fall off your chair after reading Norman Lear’s response the day after the Justices’ written opinion. Read Lear’s comments here.
Even the New York Times weighed in on the issue of profanity in society back in 2005. The title of this work? Almost Before We Spoke, We Swore.
Don’t you just love it?
I have nothing more to say, it’s already spoken. After reading these articles and posts, I totally understand that expletives have evolved from it’s previously plebian origins. No longer is only the lower class using profanity – everyone is!
Ta-ta for now,