Where do you stand on swearing? I may have told you this tale before, it is not long since it happened. I had a scam phone call about paying for my e mail. As I pay each month by Direct Debit I couldn't see why, so after the call (when they said their 'supervisor' would call me at nine the next morning) I rang my supplier and they said it was a scam.
I told my carer (who is noted as my dear farmer woud have said) for calling a spade a shovel. She insisted in staying until, dead on 9am, the scammer called, My caller answered - here in total is what she said:
"Get off this f******phone!"
If you ever call this f******number again
I'll call the f******police!"
at which point she slammed the phone down.
When I told her how shocked I was at her language and said I had never, ever used that word in my life her reply was that I should start as these days it was the only word these scammers understood.
I was reminded when reading about swearing and I thought it an interesting subject. I never ever heard my mother swear and the only words my father ever used, usually both at once, were 'damn and blast'. I never ever swore. If my mother heard anyone swear her comment was usually that they needed to wash their mouth out with soapy water. If I had sworn - which I never did - I would have been told to go to my room until I could speak proper English.
Now it seems that everyone swears. I did once remark to the farmer that I had never heard him swear. I said,
"Do you swear David?" His reply spoke volumes for the kind of man he was.
"Not in front of ladies."
Do you have an attitude to swearing these days at a time when almost everyone, whatever sex, swears as part of their normal vocabulary?