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Well, I swear.
Is it just me, or are four-letter words inescapable these days?
I’m not a prude and I’ve been known to utter “bad words” on occasion, but it seems as though whatever barriers once existed to profanity in polite society have died a quiet death.
I first saw the four-letter word for excrement in print in a community newspaper around 1968, when I was 10, long before pooper scooping became the law. The writer was complaining about dog feces left on the sidewalks, but he sure didn’t write “feces.”
I grew up in a home where such words were never used. Seeing an obscenity in print was shocking. How young and naïve I was.
My dad took me to a hockey game around 1970. The crowd expressed its extreme displeasure with the opposing team, chanting that they did something vacuum cleaners and suction cups did. I didn’t know what they were talking about, and my father wouldn’t explain it. It took a few more years before I got clued in.
Then came George Carlin’s “7 Dirty Words” routine, which gave an intellectual patina