Is it just me or does anyone else feel the same. At school we were always taught that if we couldn't think of a better word to use than a 'swear word' then we needed to work on our vocabulary. I never heard my father swear other then perhaps the occasional 'damn' if he hit his thumb with the hammer or something like that. Neither did I ever hear my brother swear. Later, when I married, I never heard my first husband swear - and I am sure he knew a few approopriate words having been in the army (and a prisoner of war) and when I married the farmer, early in our marriage I said to him,'I have never heard you swear David. Do you swear?' and his immediate reply was, 'not in front of ladies'. Have I just been lucky or were we old fasioned?
I ask these questions in the light of revelations in today's Times about e mails between politicians (I really don't think at the the moment they deserve capital letters) in which every other word is the 'f word' - and I ask whether the use of the f word as an adjective adds anything use ful. Surely all it does is to 'soil' the question and belittle the questioner. I wonder how such communications will be viewed in future generations.
Do you have a view on this? Is there a time and a place for such language? I think not but then, maybe I am just old-fashioned.