What the &%?@ Is the Big Deal About Cursing?

As an English teacher, I hear this question every year. Words are words, right? Why do people make such a big deal about certain ones?

Here’s what I think:

1. As Christians, we are told, “Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt…” (Col. 4:6). I have never, in my lifetime, heard someone curse graciously.

2. Many curse words include the name of God. That name is holy. It should be used with the utmost respect. (Ex. 20:6-8)

3. There are millions of words in the English language. We should look for those words that best explain what we are thinking and feeling.

So if you’re upset and feel like cursing, try saying this instead:

  • Your choleric outburst has left me perterbed
  • Cease your nugatory interactions
  • Your boorish behavior is bedeviling
  • I do not anticipate ever being required to utilize this information
  • I am distressed at your incongruous behavior
  • My penurious sibling has refused to compromise

What do you think? Let’s change the world, one big, unoffensive word at a time :)

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