I remember my parents saying that–“Watch your language”–when I was younger and my language began to stray beyond what was acceptable. It was a reminder that there were certain boundaries that should not be crossed.
I still remember the first time I ever said “Damn.” I was in college, upset over something…I don’t remember what. I was visiting with someone–and another individual came over to join us…someone I was in absolutely no mood to interact with. I was a bit shocked that that word came out of my mouth…and I didn’t say any of the “unacceptable” words for a very, very long time.
I still generally don’t. I know that for some that may make me sound like an old fuddy-duddy…but I believe those boundaries are helpful. I do recognize that there are times when there may seem to be no other way to express the depth of one’s feelings, and I can live with that.
What I don’t like is the common, everyday use of certain words. I think most of us know the words I’m talking about…they start with “sh…”, “f…”, “he..”, “d…”. If that’s not enough clue for you to figure them out, consider yourself lucky.
It seems to me we’ve lost something when those boundary words become common and everyday. We’ve lost their true meanings…we’ve lost some innocence…we’ve lost the importance of intimacy when we reduce it to four-letter words. We’ve lost our ability to use language to its fullest (in my opinion, to be true).
Unfortunately I see this a lot on Facebook. There are some cute and funny memes and stories…but I really get tired of reading ones that use four-letter words when they are unnecessary.
So please…watch your language.