*$%&!$# and All That

Thing 1 asked me the other day, “Why do they have to swear in songs?”


I have no idea. I’m not going to claim to be pure as the driven snow and say that no vulgar word has crossed my lips. In my former occupation as a police dispatcher, I’m ashamed to admit that more than once, during a milkshake of stress, haste and frustration, words uncommon to my every day conversation slipped out. So rare were the times that usually someone within earshot would whip their head around and their mouth would drop open. It was enough to shame me into apologizing and revert back to my non-swearing ways.

*cue my faux elderly voice* “Back when I was a kid, there weren’t cussin’ in songs.”

grumpy gma

* Disclaimer:I’m sure some songs had cussing but they weren’t widely popular.*

Besides the fact that it is biblical to: “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth…” (Eph. 4:29), it sounds ignorant. I will now sit back and wait for the flaming to occur.

This is my own personal opinion and experience. An acquaintance of mine (one I cannot dismiss from my life due to external circumstances) bowls me over with his swearing. He can use a certain word as a noun, verb and adjective – all in the same sentence. When I mentioned to him that it was a bit much, he was offended.

“It’s how all people talk.”

confused - no

No. No it’s not.

It’s a struggle to find books, movies and songs in a world that shuns the Lord. I have a “five-page flip test” for YA novels prior to Thing 1 reading them for swearing and/or sex. Would it shock you to know that nearly 50% fail? Or would you deem it “normal?” One cannot even peruse Pinterest without random cussing on comments or Pins.

I can’t shield myself, my family or my readers (aw…you’re my readers!) from swearing in the world, but I can let you know that you will never read it from me. I’ve educated myself on terms of expression. Or even harder, I’ve just shut up. What can I say? I like to talk/write.

In reviews of movies or books I post, I will mention if there is swearing and/or sex/sexual innuendos. It’s rough because it’s rampant. I’m also not going to judge if you think me old-fashioned or puritanical for not swearing.


It’s my choice and since it’s in the Bible, I’ll defer to His judgement.


About sarahb5149

When tasked with how to describe myself, I get quiet, leading people to believe that I am trying to come up with something deep and meaningful. In fact, I am trying to decide which to display without confusing them. I'm a Christian. And that doesn't mean that I simply say it - I love the Lord and have figured out over the years that He knows what He's doing, even when I am stomping my feet or looking at Him like I have no clue what is going on (*hint* it happens more than I'd care to admit). Writing has been a passion of mine since I was a wee lil' thing; I kept my first poem in all of it's stammering, unevenness. Wife and mom, daughter and sister, aunt and Sunday School teacher, I adore the roles that God has given me. A bit of a sci-fi nerd, geek and self proclaimed dork, there isn't much that I won't try at least once...unless it involves mayonnaise because that stuff is just gross. View all posts by sarahb5149

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