My mother once threatened to wash my mouth out with soap if I used the word 'twat' once more at the dinner table. It was her pet hate, but she was quite happy to refer to something as being a load of bollocks.
Funny, isn't it, that some words can really grate on your 'norm' nerves and the use of certain words are enough to make some people tut and raise their virtuous eyebrows. These words are often considered common, used by members of the population who don't know any better - heh! This is completely wrong, the landed classes are far more foul mouthed that their terrace living counterparts - a friend once worked as a nanny for Lady Wossname and was often told to "Feck orf" if she had done something to displease her boss.
My love of language includes the creative use of certain words, but can these words actually be called foul? I suppose that depends if the profanity is directed at someone. I once let go of a well timed 'Oh shite' during a meeting at work. It was politely ignored because I had just spilled hot coffee down me front. Had I said "That idea is complete shite, you are talking through yer ass" I would understand if it was considered offensive.
In a time when new words are lining up to be included in the latest version of the OED, is it surprising that our expletives have changed very little over the years. The versatile 'fuck' was first seen loitering about in a poem in 1475. Today it is probably one of the most widely used oaths, so can it truly be called offensive - it is after all only a word?
I would recommend swearing, whether in public or in front of the bathroom mirror, for a number of reasons:-
- it releases tension and stops you hitting your boss
- childbirth is not possible without it (for both parents)
- the proportion of male deaths would go up at certain times of the month
- home improvements are not possible without it
- plumbers can get away with ripping you off without it
- language would be very boring without the odd cuss and curse
Love and light and a bit a swearing does you good!