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God Damned Foul Mouthed Teenagers Make Me Furious!

The problem with young people today is that they curse too much.

When I was a boy we only had one swear word and I had to share that with my brothers and sisters. “Damn” was the word and when we dared to speak it aloud it was in hushed tones for fear of parental vengeance.

But these young people today, every third word out of their mouths is an F-bomb, an A-hole or a combination of profanity so vile they make the Nixon tapes sound like Sunday School sermons.

In my day a “ho” was a farming implement, not something you called your mother when she refused to buy you a $600 pair of running shoes. A person said “shit” when his house was burning to the ground, not when asked what he learned at school today.

If I had ever used blue language in the presence of my old dad he would have cut my tongue out with a letter opener and beaten me senseless with the bloody stump.

But today? The average sentence spoken by a young person is 70 per cent profanity, 20 per cent banality, 10 per cent inanity and 100 per cent pure and utter vulgar stupidity. If they insist on swearing like sailors the least they could do is have something of consequence to say and not just use offensive filth to cover up for their lack of vocabulary and woeful ignorance.

It’s a disgraceful commentary on the state of the nation. If the only way our young people can articulate their thoughts is through a polluted volley of expletives maybe it’s time to stop encouraging them to “express themselves,” get back to basics and start beating them over the head with dictionaries, thesauruses and the Holy Bible.

They curse too much. That’s the problem with young people today.

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  1. 4:51 pm

    Don,

    You say that your old dad would have cut your tongue out and beat you with it, but you have failed to inform us if he would have been right to do it. Although I imagine he would have been.

    This is my first comment here even though I’ve been reading your stuff for a few weeks now. I’m 23 and I hate young people as well.

    Keep up the great work!

    • 6:54 pm

      Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment, Perry, I appreciate it.

      And, yes, my old dad would have been right to do so. In fact, a de-tonguing would be a pretty light punishment given the nature of the crime. But he was a softy at heart, my old man was.

      You sound like a decent young man to me, Perry, and I hope to hear from you again.

      Regards,

      Don

  2. 6:08 pm

    They’ll grow out of it. I remember using some choice language when I was a teenager and I’m writing my 4th book now. However–your post made me laugh and I have two school-age kids, one of whom is going on tweendom one of these days, though thankfully not quite yet. And I think you’re totally right that expletives ought to be accompanied by something worthwhile to say. But then I wonder if hormones just muddle up the brain for a few years and have to simply be waited out.

    • 6:56 pm

      I hope you’re right, Lillian, I really do…but I’m not convinced.

      I think young people have become too reliant on cursing as a form of expression. You hear it everywhere! Last week I told my bank teller she looked a little under the weather and she said “Yeah, I feel like shit. Would you like 10’s or 20’s?” I damn well nearly closed out my account.

      Good luck with your young ones and thanks so much for visiting. Hope to hear from you again.

      Best regards, Don

  3. 7:02 pm

    …and the sad thing is, when the potty-mouthed teenages do curse (like on this blog), it comes out all wrong. The words are mispelled, and they can’t even express themselves with coherent sentences.

    If you’re gonna do something, then at least do it right…as my Mom would say.

    • 8:00 pm

      You’re damned right, Friar. I’ve seen plenty of evidence of that here.

      All the best to your Mom.

      Regards,

      Don

  4. Kenny permalink
    8:25 pm

    I think you never had a chance to hear/understand curses spoken in croatian or generally balkan language. This can’t be described with common words. F-bomb is just an boring light intro to every one of them …

    • 9:53 pm

      Thanks Kenny and welcome. Nice to see folks from overseas.

      Can’t say I’ve ever heard a Croatian curse. At least not that I know of. Thought now that I come to think of it, I used to work with a Croatian fella and he would mutter some odd sounding words under his breath now and again.

      Best regards and thanks for stopping in.

      Don

  5. 10:01 pm

    Excellent post, Don.

    Swearing is not for kids. It’s serious stuff – and only to be undertaken by adults.

    My eldest was 20 last Friday, and hence, no longer a teenageer.

    From now on, I fully expect to hear him swearing like a trooper, and using language that would make the average fishwife blush.

    • 11:03 pm

      Many thanks Nobbly,

      With a fine role model such as yourself I’m sure your son will be swearing up a blue streak in now time flat.

      Nice to see you lad. All my best to your boy.

      Don

    • I C OV permalink
      12:53 am

      wow, you are a misunderstood prick. Your disrespect and pathetic nature confirms it. As for Donald Mills, you need a mental health check, Beating a child is illegal and most people who have their head screwed on straight wouldn’t do it. You have a few spelling mistakes i see. Funny to say a 16 year old is more mature than you. You should rephrase your words, they are offensive to educated people.

      • 2:48 pm

        Thank you I C OV,

        Always nice to hear from an enlightened and mature young person.

        I’ll do my best to avoid any further offense.

        Best regards,

        Don

  6. lily permalink
    11:03 pm

    Dear Mr Mills,

    I am so pleased to read your excellent piece on foul-mouthed young people.

    In my day, even the word “damn” was considered swearing and we would be chastized accordingly. If ever we DARED to utter anything resembling a cuss word we would be promptly marched to the closest wash basin and our mouths would be scrubbed out with soap! And that certainly made us think twice about using any cuss words…ever!

    In my day, even telling someone to “shut up” was the height of rudeness and would warrant a swift clip over the ears.

    These days, however, for these young people it’s not just “shut up” it’s “shut yo motherfuckin hole, you dumbass retard”.

    Seriously, Mr Mills I say bring back the scrubbing out of mouths for these young people who are not capable of uttering one sentence without cussing.

    Keep up the good work.

    • I C OVER U permalink
      12:56 am

      soap is toxic these days :)

    • 3:09 am

      I have always so intensely feared the bar of soap that I don’t dare talk back to my father. Or cuss, for that matter. I’ve successfully gone 16 years without EVER having a bar of soap in my mouth, and I intend to keep it that way. I’ve seen my brothers “get the soap” and that’s enough to intimidate me. Not that I want to cuss anyway.

  7. 1:47 am

    Thanks very much for your comment, Lily, I couldn’t have said it better myself. Well done.

    And I happen to be one of those folks that still believes it is intolerably rude to tell someone to “shut up.”

    A little lye soap and a large scrub brush would go a long way to improving matters – you’re damned right about that.

    Always nice to have you visit, Lily.

    Best,

    Don

  8. 2:20 am

    I can still taste the soap from the one time I said the “F-word” in front of my mother. A little corporal punishment never hurt anybody. In fact, it builds character and nobody can deny I am a character!

    • 11:55 am

      Thanks Ahmnodt,

      You’re absolutely right. It builds character and instills respect, values and a healthy amount of fear.

      Nice to see you lad.

      Don

      • I C OVER U permalink
        12:57 am

        Your uneducated mouth bores me:)

        • 2:50 pm

          You’re a pip, I C OVER U.

          And I’d suggest that you’re name is quite apt. Your comments would certainly suggest that you’re overlooking a number of things.

          All the best, youngster.

          Don

  9. 2:20 am

    Don,
    You’re damn right.

  10. asshat permalink
    7:05 am

    God Damn (very offensive curse word), you all need to chill the fuck out. if you cant stand hearing about the pimp ass (nasty racist expletive) bastard bitch slapping their hoes for not giving up their (graphic nastiness) money you need to just turn off the hearing aid. (Balance of comment deleted by Don)

    • 11:53 am

      Thanks for commenting Asshat,

      (Sorry I had to edit your comment a tad. I don’t normally like to do it but I felt I needed to trim this one a little bit.)

      Hope my editing didn’t detract from your arguement and water down your reasoning there, asshat.

      All the best,

      Don

      • 1:11 pm

        Don

        You’ve been pretty damned tolerant in the profanity you allow on your blog comments.

        So I can only imagine how bad someone’s language must have been, for you to edit them.

        We have a lotta skilled candidates for the Debating Team, here. A lotta skilled candidates…

        • 8:09 pm

          It’s true, Friar. And in retrospect, I likely should have deleted the whole comment.

          I see a bright future for Mr. Asshat. I’m sure his parents are damned proud of the boy.

          • lily permalink
            10:01 pm

            Dear Mr Mills,

            My sincere thanks to you for deleting the rest of Mr Asshat’s post… I don’t think my pacemaker could’ve tolerated much more of his profanity.

            Would I be correct in assuming Mr Asshat is suffering from Acute Cranial – Rectal Inversion?
            If so, I’m sure Nursemyra knows of a simple operation to cure it.

  11. 7:22 am

    When I was young I seemed to have an, shall we say, overdeveloped vocabulary for my age. I had my mouth washed out more than the kitchen sink. Not only would I get a spanking I would get my mouth washed out with soup, as if the curse words could be scrubbed away.

    • 8:11 pm

      Thanks Eric.

      Soup or soap…as long as it gets the job done!

      Nice to see you again lad.

      Thanks, as always, for stopping in.

      Don

  12. 7:24 am

    That was supposed to be soap. I got my mouth washed out with soap not soup. Getting my mouth washed out with soup would have been a sight better though.

    • Dom permalink
      8:36 am

      Sometimes when i cursed really bad my mouth did get washed with soup, hot one. Not soap.

      • 1:48 pm

        Try NobblySan’s patent anti-cursing soap soup.

        It comes in ring pull self-heating cans for speedy application.

        At the first sign of bad language, simply pull the ring.

        By the time you’ve captured your foul-mouthed teenager, knelt on their chest and tweaked their right nipple to get them to yell and open their mouth, the soap soup will be heated and ready to pour in.

    • 3:48 pm

      Eric, dude, Good to see your words on the net again. Washing ones mouth out with soup always works better for me, especially when its home made chicken noodle.

  13. Bill Schmalfeldt permalink
    3:02 pm

    These young people today, there’s just no talking to them. With their rap music and their MTV… their Family Guy videos with words that would make you blush if a prostitute said them! The world is going straight to heck in a handbasket, Donald. Thank GOODNESS we have folks like you pointing out this decay in the moral fabric of our nation.

    • 8:22 pm

      Thanks for visiting Bill.

      You’re damned right, of course. The language is atrocious and so is the attitude. I sometimes wonder just how much lower we can sink.

      (And don’t me started on the rap music.)

      Don

  14. 5:02 pm

    The average articulations of an adult above the age of 50 are too copious for the oxygen-deprived comprehension level of today’s teens. Elocution is totally foreign to them. They think they’ve developed a “code” language that effectively shuts out their elders. What they are really doing is shutting themselves out of a job opportunity.

    • 8:17 pm

      Right again, Joan of Argghh!

      And by the time they figure that out, it will likely be too late for them to do much about it.

      Always a pleasure to hear from you.

      Best Regards,

      Don

  15. 6:46 pm

    Don,

    When I was little my father used to put hot peppers in our mouths. It really worked. We didn’t even dare to think those ugly words.

    • 9:57 pm

      Evening V@le,

      Thanks for stopping in. Your father sounds like an innovator! My old mom was a pretty fine corporal punishment improviser too. If we were out in public and she didn’t have a kitchen utensil to wallop us kids with she used to grab us by the hair and bang our heads together. My sister, Erin, and I used to get our noggins rapped on a regular basis. It certainly got the point across.

      I imagine a hot pepper would do the same.

      Thanks for visiting, V@le.

      All the best

      Don

  16. 6:50 pm

    Don- I’m a retired Sailor and they embarass me! If I’d ever said anything like that to/infront of MY parents, I wouldn’t have survived the beating… I remember I had just finished boot camp and was home on leave, at the dinner table I said, “please pass the damn salt”… I got NO other food the entire time I was home from that table…

    • 9:59 pm

      Thanks Old NFO,

      Great story…I can’t imagine what my old dad would have done if I had asked him to “pass the damn salt” but I’m pretty sure it would have ended with him pouring it on an open wound.

      Nice of you to visit with me.

      Don

  17. 7:10 pm

    Good work Mr. Mills from 42 years old man.

  18. 7:47 pm

    Hi Don….yorksnbeans here. Just happened upon your blog through someone else’s blog, through someone else’s blog (I’m stuck in a web and I don’t know where I am and how I got here!) but, funny stuff. I’ll be back. (If I can find my way again. ;-) )

  19. Regina permalink
    8:51 pm

    Cursing is a mixed boat I suppose. It can be helpfull in some situations but is vastly over used. I admit I curse like a sailor,though when around children and they elderly, I curse in German.

    • 1:50 am

      Thanks Regina,

      Nice to hear from you. An interesting compromise, cursing in German around children and the elderly.

      Personally, I might find some young person cursing at me in German rather frightening but then again I can’t say for sure.

      To the best of my knowledge it’s never happened.

      Auf Wiedersehen Jugendlicher. Dank für das Besuchen mit mir.

  20. Luke permalink
    9:02 pm

    Now, this is where we enter into Problemville. The overwhelming majority of teenagers do use this pathetic excuse for speech. Unfortunately, in doing so, they block out the few of us that actually can put an intelligent sentence together. Just because I’m 15 doesn’t mean that every other word is an obscenity.

    • 1:58 am

      Thanks for the comment Luke and good on you for taking me to task.

      You sound like a good lad and I’d encourage you to stay the course.

      Thanks for visiting

      Don

  21. dogette permalink
    9:35 pm

    Don, actually I would love to “get you started on rap music.” Any chance of a post on that sometime? Or did I miss it already? I cuss, as an adult, but you’ve made me feel badly about it. Yes you have. For a minute.

    Enjoying your site. Found it via Joan of Argghh.

    Dogette

    • 2:02 am

      Thanks dogette and welcome.

      I fully intend to get to the rap music but am still working up to it. Every time I start I get so damned angry I have to pour myself a rye and lie down for a little bit.

      Nice of you to visit, dogette. Hope to see you again.

      Don

  22. 9:40 pm

    Okay….let’s see if I remember it……

    I found your blog through being lost in the blogosphere, but no matter, love your stuff! Will be back! :-)

  23. 9:41 pm

    Am I going crazy?? Now, my first comment is here and your comment that said you didn’t get it, is not!!

    • 9:54 pm

      My apologies, yorksnbeans. It appears your original comment went into a “spam” folder. When I found it, I thought it best to delete the others.

      Sorry for any confusion, lass and thanks for your patience.

      (It would appear you’re not the only one to get lost wandering around in this internet thingy.)

      Now, having cleared that out of the way let me say thanks for your kind words and your visit. You shouldn’t have any problems if you choose to comment on this or any other post.

      All the best and thanks again for your patience. Not sure how you got to be considered Spam in the first place, especially when you consider that Mr. Asshat wandered in without problem.

      Best Regards,

      Donald Mills

      • 11:02 pm

        What timing! You must have pulled your comment exactly the same time I was posting. I’m glad to know I’m not going crazy!! :-D

  24. 11:02 pm

    Mr. Mills, I must thank you for a delightful afternoon’s diversion. I, too, came here via Joan of Argghh, and have spent a goodly hour enjoying not only your observations, but also your deft handling of the humorless young folk who come charging in with their hormone-driven dander up to defend the good name of “ALL TEENAGERS.”

    Is 33 too young to be considered a crabby old fart?

    Sincerely,
    Julie

    • 4:46 pm

      Many thanks for taking the time to visit, Julie.

      I’ve had a few chuckles at the youngsters that have arrived to “right my wrongs.” They can take themselves pretty seriously and that’s for damned sure.

      And as to your question, it’s never to early to start being a crabby old fart.

      Many thanks and I hope to hear from you again.

      Don

  25. 11:23 pm

    Hey Don!

    I guess swearing to some people is like a fashion statement these days, like wearing a Che Guevara T-Shirt. I asked one ‘brotha’ wearing one of them who he was. He managed to say: “Some MF****r who got shot. Some president or something”
    Gone is the age of sensitivity.
    And all the stand up comedians using swears for punctuation! What’s up with that?

    • 4:49 pm

      Hello Archie,

      Nice to see you again. Love your example – another case of a brilliant young mind at work. At least he didn’t just say “the dude what’s on all the t-shirts.” I’ll give him that much.

      And as for comedians…good question. No idea “what’s up with that.” Laziness I suspect.

      All the best,

      Don

  26. 11:46 pm

    As you know, I abhor offensive language and rarely, if ever, use it. In fact, my original posts have no obscenities but once I apply the “Humor” tag and run it through WordPress’s spellcheck, it instantly has several obscenities added to it.

    While I do appreciate the attention of an “edgier” crowd, I have not been able to show any of my posts to my parents thanks to the blogosphere’s insatiable appetite for four-letter words.

    I would like to think they’d be pretty fucking proud of what I’ve done.

    • 4:50 pm

      I try to keep the nasties out of posts but if I do they just seem to show up in the comments.

      All the best, CLT.

      Don

  27. Matt permalink
    1:34 am

    Curses should only be used to insult stupid people. When one does not trade ignorance for knowledge at every opportunity, one is a disgrace to the human species.

  28. 1:56 am

    Dear Don,

    As they like to say ’round my parts: Shit. A. Brick.

    And by “my parts”, I mean where I live. Why, what were you thinking?

    My words, your mind.

    Which actually raises a fair point: when you listen to these young people cussin’, just pretend you’re listening to Shakespeare. Unfathomable, incomprehensible, but the rhyme, rhythm and meter of the language is beautiful… (or so I’m told).

    That way you just listen to the sounds and give them whatever meaning you damn well like. Which is pretty much what i have done during every Shakespearean production I’ve sat through and probably accounts for my poor grades in English Literature.

    I do so enjoy your rants, Don.

    Yours sincerely,

    The NDM

    • 4:56 pm

      Thanks for visting NDM.

      It’s an interesting notion to be sure but try as I might I don’t think I’ll ever hear Shakespeare in the words of someone like young Mr. Asshat (follow the comment thread north).

      It has some poetic qualities, I suppose, but more of the type you’d read on the bathroom wall of a particularly unseemly tavern.

      All the best, NDM

      Don

  29. John McConroe permalink
    4:45 am

    Hats off, Donalds.
    My personal favorite so far. I literally laughed out loud at the third paragraph. Pure genius.
    Anyway, keep it up.

    • 4:57 pm

      Thank you John, I appreciate the thumbs up. I know you were getting a tad sceptical.

      Always good to see you lad.

      Don

  30. Miranda permalink
    6:57 am

    Dear Sir:
    On behalf of the actually literate and articulate young people out there (yes, all 1000 of us), I think you’ve pretty much nailed the rest of them.
    What irritates me is when everything is misspelled and the word has absolutely no relevance to the situation at hand, and also when instead of saying the “Th” sound, it’s substituted with the “D” sound.
    And people wonder why I can get so grumpy.
    God bless!

    • 4:57 pm

      Many thanks Miranda.

      Always good to hear from an articulate and reasonable young person.

      Best

      Don

  31. Amy permalink
    9:22 am

    Blaspheme much????

    • 5:06 pm

      Hello Amy.

      Four question marks???? That’s a pretty insistent question. (Actually, I’m not sure if that is a question. Almost seems like a statment or a school yard taunt.)

      Anyway, hope that helps. Thanks for visiting.

      Don

  32. Mike permalink
    3:27 pm

    Oh my gosh Don, what a great generation you come from. It will be sad day indeed when America will only have this blog to inform it of how real democracy loving Americans were raised. God Bless.

    • 5:07 pm

      Thanks Mike.

      Nice to see a young man saying “gosh.” Warms my heart, it really does.

      Appreciate the visit.

      Don

  33. Gerard permalink
    8:33 pm

    I can agree with you on this one, Don. I actually don’t curse unless I’m extremely angry, but it’s very rare.

    I don’t have much else to say about this one, haha.

    Gerard

  34. 9:24 am

    Well holy fuck. I remember this one time when I was 13 or so, and I was helping out Christmas shopping with a lady from an old folks home and she wouldn’t stop shouting and calling me a bitch for no reason. It seems that people of all ages are equally c**tish. I personally love bit of harmless bastard swearing :)

    • 5:20 pm

      Thanks for sharing that heartwarming tale of Christmas with me.

      Can’t imagine what could have made the old dear want to curse you. Guess it is a mystery for the ages.

      Thanks for visiting.

      I’m going to lie down for a while. I have a headache.

      Don

  35. Steve Meisner permalink
    3:54 pm

    To the venerable Mr. Mills:

    I would LOVE to hear you reading your missives on some form of audio. I was going to suggest putting them on your web site as MP3s or possibly even doing a podcast, but I fear that such new-fangled ideas would only serve to confuse, frighten and anger you. Not that I’m even remotely suggesting that you’re an angry gentleman.

    No, perhaps it would better suit you to record these on an Edison tinfoil cylinder phonograph. Or, if you really want to step into the early 20th Century, you could record your bits of wisdom on a vulcanite cylinder using those old reliable hand-cranked gramophones. After which, it would be up to some enterprising youngster to transfer your recordings into a digital format that would work on the gimmicky contraptions that the rest of us possess. I would then convert that into an 8-track tape so that I too could enjoy it.

    Thank you for trying to educate today’s reprehensible youth.

    • 8:37 pm

      Many thanks for visiting, Steve, and leaving me such an interesting comment. You know your stuff, lad, and that’s for damned sure.

      You’re right about that mp3 and pod casting stuff – Greek to me and I’m not really inclined to try to learn. Figuring out how to turn on this “blog” was enough of a chore.

      If I find my old Super 8 camera I’d give that a try. It would save me the typing and my personal support worker, Hattie, could do the filming. Not sure how I’d get it on the site though. Guess that’s where the enterprising youngsters with the gimmicky contraptions come in.

      All the best and thanks again for the comment. It made my day.

      Don

  36. 11:26 pm

    I am 42 years old, therefore young to some and very old to others. I hope I’m missing something and this is your idea of a joke, although I would class it with blonde and Newfie jokes. Old Farts have been complaining about young people since recorded history and probably before. The world will continue and the young will get old and then they too will complain. I wish I could be around to hear old people complain that the young are too polite and conservative. As in any situation you cannot lump people together and make statements about them that are actually accurate. Fortunately for you some of these horrible young people will wipe your ass and your drool and actually care about you in the not too distant future. Complaining about other people is a passtime enjoyed by sourpusses with no life. Get one and do something useful.

    • 11:56 pm

      Duly admonished Mrs. McPhail, duly admonished.

      I’m sure that you are right and that today’s young people will be prove me wrong and show themselves to be more than marginally capable of wiping my ass. I look forward to it.

      Nice to hear from you and thanks for sharing your comment. I always enjoy hearing from a woman with a strong point of view.

      All the best

      Donald Mills.

  37. Cornwind Evilman permalink
    3:42 am

    Mr. Mills, I’m an angry teenager and I agree with you completely.
    Profanity is fine when it’s appropriate, but not for when you use it in EVERY SINGLE sentence! Young kids these days have no idea how to properly construct sentences without adding the words “s**t” or “f**k” in it! I’m shocked to see kids younger than me use stronger profanity than me. Kids these days have no respect whatsoever.
    In the good ol’ elementary days, we were beaten for even saying “suck” in class! THOSE were the days.

  38. zsasz permalink
    5:14 pm

    couldn’t agree more sir; swearing has become a common occurance and it needs to end now, it horrifies me to hear young kids swearing in front of elders. though it is even worse to hear ‘adults’ swearing in front of their young children. disgraceful yobs.

  39. Iejir permalink
    6:27 am

    I agree with both you and the three teenagers before me (luke, miranda, and corwind evilman). I am a 15 year old girl and while i do admit to vocalizing the occasional profanity it does not however make an appearance in every sentence and is only used when the situation truly calls for it. The majority of teenagers permeate their sentences with so many profanities that you cannot even distinguish what their original point was but i also happen to know a lot of people like myself who are capable of having intellectual conversation. I don’t believe in extreme punishment from parents if the colorful language used does not make an appearance on a regular basis because nobody’s perfect and it is extremely difficult to rid yourself completely of the vocabulary but if they are “dropping f-bombs left and right” i do believe that something should be done. And i also have a compromise like regina that if a profanity might grace my lips around young children or the elderly i revert to swearing in japanese or sign language because i do not think that children’s ears should be tainted and that people who are your elder’s deserve respect. i hope you enjoyed my point of view and i hope you have a nice day Mr. mills.

  40. alexa permalink
    5:09 am

    hey wats all ofthis i eancim on every oe knows ware they learn them from its all u parents .. i mean if u dont want them to say them then take them out of scool take away tier friends and dontcuss in frunt ofthem and donttlet thembe human .. i mean for crying out loud is a cuss word what theheack its not the endoftheworld …. ww they sed somthing their notsupose o say but t least thier getting thier feelings out on how they feel .. people just lighten up go to cherch or something geessss!!!!!!

    • 1:24 pm

      ….. and in English, please?

      Just as a courtesy for those of us that aren’t fluent in complete bollocks.

      • Iejir permalink
        5:46 am

        Young People translation would be.

        Hey, what’s all of this (i’m a teenager and i don’t know what that says. eancim???) on everyone knows where they learn them from. it’s all you parents… i mean if you don’t want them to say them then take them out of school, take away their friends and don’t cuss in front of them and don’t let them be human….. i mean, for crying out loud, it’s a cuss word, what the heck it’s not the end of the world….. whether they said something they’re not supposed to say but at least they’re getting their feelings out on how they feel… people just lighten up, go to church or something, jeez!!!!!!!

        Just so you know, NobblySan not every teenager speaks that way.
        I thought i’d help with a translation
        I hope you all have a good day.

    • The Celtic Queen permalink
      11:05 am

      I’m surprised you can spell your own name !

  41. Iejir2127 permalink
    5:52 am

    I am glad you appreciated my translation. Since i have to deal with that five out of seven days a week, I do happen to be fluent in “Complete Bollocks”. To be honest, I kind of wish i wasn’t though. I feel like I lost IQ points just reading it. I do admit to swearing once in a blue moon but it’s not nearly as bad as everybody else in my school. It usually slips through when I manage to injure myself in some way. The other kids in my school really bother me. Two of the guys in my art class are vulgar that I just want to slap them for opening there mouths. Do they eat uncivilized language for breakfast or something? I don’t know. Anyway I always enjoy reading your blogs, especially this one, and I’ll be happy to provide my translation services in the future.
    Have a nice day,
    Iejir2127

  42. Chloe permalink
    5:50 am

    Yes it’s true, quite a few young people do suffer from what I call “mouth diarrhea syndrome” where they talk jibberish and swear. That’s how they communicate.

  43. 9:10 pm

    Dear Mr. Mills,

    As a member of the generation of degenerates I would have to say you do make good points. But isn’t there another way to look at things? We are partly to blame for being vulgar, disrespectful or lazy, but isn’t society also partly to blame. I mean if it wasn’t socially acceptable to swear nobody would do it because they wouldn’t want to be prosecuted as an outsider. Since society and Hollywood makes it seem cool to curse why wouldn’t we?

    just a thought

    Sincerely,
    Ty

  44. 10:24 am

    Good read. Sensitive issued picked upon. :-)

  45. scschaeffer permalink
    5:15 pm

    you swear rather a lot yourself sir

  46. 3:06 am

    I don’t like it when people swear. Really, do you have no other adjectives to describe anything with? Bad words were always off-limits in my house and my parents do not stand for that. Potty-mouths need to just shut up.

  47. 8:47 pm

    My Dad would have beaten me into next week for cussing- and the list of forbidden words included some non-swear words too. In our house, even the word “fart” was considered too impolite to repeat. You either had to say, “pass gas” or “let a stinker.” And heaven help you should you be overheard saying you “hate” someone, or that you think someone should “shut up.” You had to “dislike” someone, and someone who was too loud should “be quiet.” Dad himself (generally being a good Regular Baptist,) didn’t swear either, at least not when we were around to hear him. He’s 65 and I don’t think I’ve ever heard him swear. I’m 42, and I still wouldn’t dare to swear in his presence!

    My son made the mistake of calling me a swear word (means “female dog”) one time. Fifteen years later he has not forgotten, or repeated, that mistake.

  48. 5:08 pm

    That’s funny..I have a daughter that is so good at cursing..frankly I’m pleased!Unlike the kids you speak of..she is honor roll and funny in her right! I do know what you are talking about..but it doesn’t apply to kids..her brother was just like her ..he just started pre-med..like i say ..they don’t follow the narm!

  49. Carl Ross permalink
    8:05 pm

    The question is what do “curse words” actually do? They express emotion appropriately, are simple and quick. The only reason that they are considered bad is that they are derogatory. Excuse me for saying it, but the point of the words is to be derogatory, perhaps not to the person being spoken to but the subject in question. So if I were to replace fuck with fudge what would actually be achieved. It would indeed sound less harsh because of the lack of a k sound that signifies negativity but the emotion behind it would be the same. It seems to me that it is the person behind the words, not the words themselves that actually matter.

  50. Kat permalink
    2:15 am

    Unlike most people in my high school, I don’t have the nerve to swear. I get teased because of it. Tell me, what is so wrong about not wanting to say a cuss word every third word? I’m starting to get tired of hearing all the f-bombs. It’s not necessary to me, and they use it every day. My parents try to shield my ears whenever the word comes up on TV, and I just say, “That’s okay. I go to high school.”

  51. A Concerned Youngster permalink
    5:17 am

    Alright, I see you are exaggerating in all your posts here, I kind of overreacted when I read your first one (it seemed in line with something a really bitter old guy would say) and gave you my life story, seriously, the works. I have to admit, the ridiculous punishments are a little funny although they are a little violent. More importantly, your posts have helped me think a little critically about my own life, particularly how much I swear. And, please, answer me honestly, do tall young folk really anger/frighten you? I had my growth spurt late, and couldnt have been more pleased when I shot up past my friends (and attracted the attention of the lady-folk), but I now realize that the lack of intimidation short stature bestows upon you is as much a blessing as a curse. I would just like to know if being well over 6 feet is really an inconvenience in life.

  52. Zee permalink
    8:30 am

    LOL, I can’t defend on this one, I have potty mouth; but, at least we give you something to write about and you do it so well. Cracks me up!

  53. Lucy permalink
    4:38 am

    I understand completely, but even more horrifying is the fact that children under ten are now swearing just as much as teenagers. Every day for the past few years at high school I had to put up with that verbal rubbish, not to mention they couldn’t even spell the words properly. At uni you don’t hear it so much but it’s everywhere. The last time I swore was when I nearly had a car accident last year (the young idiot pulled ou in front of me and sped up the street) but I never swear. It’s disgusting, unnecessary and it makes young people look even less intelligent. As for illiteracy, I’ve been reading since I was five and even today I prefer a good book to the trash on TV. Books should be respected, not slandered, since they’ve lasted much longer than an iPhone which gets smashed on purpose so the poor parent is asked to get the new version (I saw it last year – ungrateful child). Text-message language I cannot understand and so I text in full English. One person in English a few years ago submitted an essay completely in text message language. I could go on for ages about this and people my age probably hate me once they read this but I don’t care. Swearing, in my opinion, should not appear in everyday language, because like everything else English too is going downhill.

  54. Anonymous permalink
    6:47 pm

    Completely agree. Even now while I’m studying, there are some inner city “wastemanz” in London swearing their heads off for no reason, while playing “footie”

    I used to swear all the time, never realised what an idiot I was, thankfully I’m studying medicine, forced to mature and speak properly.

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