Maybe this would have been better titled the downfall of our language...
I'm just amazed by the use of four-letter words by kids. The other day while on the school grounds I heard a little girl, about 10, use the P-word (maybe it isn't a true cuss word, but I don't think little kids should use it) in her conversation. The other little girl wasn't shocked by her using it.
Tatum O'Neil got a big laugh and shocked the movie audience 30+ years ago with her use of the s-word in Paper Moon. Since then having children use such language for comedy has become the norm.
Television had standards back in the day and "bleeped" out such words, now I think they add them in.
When men cussed they did so amoungst themselves, never in front of a lady, and if they accidently said an off-color word, they excused themselves and apologized. I think now women use language that is a lot stronger then the men.... maybe we aren't "ladies" anymore?
When I was growing up my mother told my brother (because it was a "boy issue" at our house) that if he needed to say such words, he could say them all he wanted out in the field. It was considered "field talk."
Could it be because of a lack of fields that we hear these words more and more?
I taught my kids what the words meant literally and that they can use the words, IF they used them in context. That kind of took the "shock" or "fun" out of it I guess. I also told them that they had the whole English language to use and to not be lazy in their choice of words, they were more intelligent than that.
Oh, I don't know, I was just musing about this as I washed the dishes, and was feeling sad that kids are using such words in a common and unashamed way. I do wonder if they talk like that at home or just when with friends, the trying to be "cool" thing. Oh well, it really is too bad...
MeiMei, and yes, I've been known to say a few choice "field" words myself...while not in the field even!! LOL