Fuck, and other words you should say
An Opinion Column
By Drake Mahoney
Is there really such thing as a bad word? There are bad phrases sure (see Paris Hilton’s ‘That’s Hot’) but can a word itself be inherently bad? The answer is a simple no. People can be bad (see Paris Hilton) but the words that they say are simply that, just words.
I’ve always found it odd how far parents will go to keep their kids from hearing swear words. While it can be presumed that Jason Voorhees was entirely a product of foul language (just kidding…you knew that right?), one can positively assume that in real life, an occasional F bomb here or there isn’t going to do a tremendous amount of harm to your child. So what is the problem? What makes parents leap out of their seats the second they hear the phrase “cock Nazi” at a McDonalds play place? Survey says….It’s embarrassing!
That’s right, embarrassing. Parents don’t won’t their kids to say bad words, because they will say them to other kids, who will tell say them to their parents, (who also say bad words) and then the original set of parents will be judged, because only heartless bastards say bad words.
So that brings me to my final point, fuck what other people say. What makes a word bad is how it used, not by the setting it is said in. “That’s fucking funny”, is an entirely different statement than “Fuck Cock Nazis”. The first is a simple expression of oneself, flavored with a choice word, while the other is a hateful, albeit very specific utterance of discrimination. Do you see the difference? People do not become hateful or aggressive because of foul language, and contrary to what I said earlier, neither did Jason Voorhees (it was because his mother is a dick, spoilers). So what’s the conclusion? Swear to your hearts content. Swear to show you are happy; swear to show you’re sad. Swear to show anything except for hatred, and most of all, never swear against“cock Nazis”.