How many of you can imagine your grandma or grandpa flipping someone off? I know I can’t.
But that’s indeed what 86-year-old owner of the Tennessee Titans football team did to fans of the Buffalo Bills after the Titans’ blowout win on a Monday night.
This raises many questions about expletives and “curse words” and why they’re becoming, if not socially acceptable, socially forgivable. Curse on television, and the FCC will slap you on the wrist and make you pay a fine, sure. But you still got to swear on TV.
In almost every high school today, if you just sit back and listen you’ll hear a strange chorus in the halls. The majority of people swear, and don’t care who hears them, whether it be another student, a teacher, an administrator, or embarrassingly enough, even a visitor to the school. Clearly the students here don’t understand that the way you speak is a representation of yourself.
Now I’m no saint. In fact, I probably have one of the worst “sailor’s mouths” in my school. But there’s more than one reason people swear. Some people swear to project an image. They want to be perceived as tough or they think that swearing is impressive.
Other people, like me, swear out of habit. I would like to stop swearing, and sometimes, my swearing even embarrasses me. So there must be some ways to stop — right?!
Breaking the habit
Here are some steps to take if you want to break your swearing habit, according to the Web site WikiHow:
u Recognize that you have a problem!
u Understand the reason that you, personally, swear. Is it out of habit? Is it because of who you hang around with? Are you trying to impress someone?
u Recognize the reason(s) you want to stop.
u Make the commitment to stop. It won’t be easy, so you have to make sure you’re actually ready to do it.
u Learn to express yourself better. Find other words to use besides curse words to liven your conversations.
u Find substitute words! This can be fun as well as effective!
u Punish yourself. For every time you swear, put money in a jar and donate it to charity. Or your big sister.
u Reward yourself. Anytime you go a day without swearing, give yourself something you want.
u Don’t give up! It will take time to break this dirty habit, so if you’re still dropping those “F bombs” after a few days, stick with it!
So here’s a proposition. If you think you have a swearing problem, take these steps and put them to use.
Haley Elston is a senior at Schenectady High School