Let’s get to it. I recently heard through the gossip grapevine that one student of mine did not like me. Why? I apparently used too much profanity for his liking in one of my classes.
Well la tee freaking dah.
Of course this is not the first time one has not appreciated my colorful and free-range use of the English language, nor will it be the last. Yet, there are reasons behind my profanity madness. My use of profanity is neither flippant nor without deep critical thought and consideration -it is quite calculated. So, today, I share with you these reasons and perhaps you will be enlightened to the reasoning behind my profane ways. Thus, I bring to you:
Four reasons why I, and why YOU, should use profanity.
A wise person once told me that when delivering a potentially controversial message, it is important to begin with what you are definitely NOT saying before you address what you ARE saying. Soooo…
First and foremost, I am in no way suggesting the use of profanity is good for everyone, all the time. Like everything in life, there is a time and place. Context is everything.
Secondly, I am vehemently opposed to hateful, vengeful, mean-spirited words and speech intended for ill will. However, such speech knows no specific words, only motivation and intent. One could be mean spirited with or without profanity -there are plenty of “non-profane” words that are obscene in intent. Isn’t it interesting how our culture delineates between words that are profane and words that are not while the “profane” words may be kindly and gently spirited in intention, while the non-profane words are acceptable-yet full of ill will and contempt? Ah, such tension. And hypocrisy. Now let’s get reasonable and get started.
1. When prohibiting yourself from using profanity, you are limiting your word choices to most accurately communicate with others. Communication is a difficult enough process -why make it more difficult by not allowing ourselves to use the full arsenal of vocabulary choices available to us? Good communication is all about knowing your audience and/or the person to whom you are communicating. In many contexts, profanity is going to be the best language choice available. In other cases, one might argue that profanity might be the worst possible choice –talking to a classroom of preschoolers, let’s say. However, even if the person/group you are communicating with does not use profanity, what better way for them to get to know you than by using words that you feel most comfortable using? I have found that using profanity in normally formal environments brings about a tone of realness and genuineness to the occasion while making others feel more comfortable and able to share their true thoughts and feelings on issues. You might say it serves to breakdown the bullshit formality that exists so often in life.
Again, am I suggesting to always use profanity? Of course not. I am saying that sometimes the intense beauty of a finely placed profanity is an unparalleled and wonderful experience and should be considered a communication option.
2. Profanity has a positive, relieving effect on your psyche when used in the proper context to let off steam and/or decrease your feeling of pain. In June 2009, researchers at Keele University in England sought to determine why the automatic response for so many people in pain is to blurt out profanity. You know, like after stubbing your toe, a good “FUCK ME!” is usually in order. In snippets taken from this article, researchers found 68 college-aged students and asked each to submerge one hand in icy water for as long as they could possibly stand it. They were trying to test if students could keep their hands submerged longer if they used curse words or non-curse words.
During the first trial, the students were permitted to swear out loud as often as they needed to see if it could lengthen the period of time that the hand could stay submerged. During the second trial, the students submerged their other hand in the icy water and this time, they were permitted to say whatever they wanted, as long as it did not contain swearing. It was determined that, on average, swearing students could hold their hands in the water over 40 seconds longer than when they did not swear. Why were the swearing students able to keep their hands in icy water longer? These researchers have found that the amygdala, a gland that makes the heart speed up and the resistance to pain stronger, as the key. It is basically responsible for the “fight or flight” reaction. The theory is that using actual cuss words somehow activates deep primitive negative emotions, which somehow triggers the amygdala to choose the “fight” response. The fight response then raises your heart rate and decreases pain sensations, just like swearing after feeling pain.
So, even though cursing is often thought of as reflective of inappropriateness, it may be that profane language has the power to decrease pain that general speech does not. Keele University psychologist, Dr. Richard Stevens, summarized his findings and offered this sound advice after the study was over: “I would advise people, if they hurt themselves, to swear.”
And you all thought it was just me. Fuck you. ☺
3. Like Marlita Hill contends in this brilliant speech concerning the word, “nigger,” (if you have never watched this 11 minute speech, treat yourselves to this gem) words only become profane when we deem them profane and allow them to be such. Using “profane” words only serves to demystify their meaning and decrease their social power and control.
I recently had a student write me an email describing her anxiety concerning an upcoming speech assignment. In her words, she was “sh#$ing bricks” and “scared off her a$$.”
She then went on to say that she does not like profanity and cannot even write the profane words out. Poor f#@king girl.
I would suggest this “camouflaging” of “profane” words only serves to heighten their social taboo and perpetuate their power and intrigue. Seriously, are you all aware that some strands of Judaism are forbidden to write out the word, God? They must camouflage the word to G*d, for example, with this or some such other replacement symbol. I understand the reasoning behind this idea –it is all about giving God the highest amount of reverence and respect while not cheapening the nature of an eternal, infinite and all powerful G@d by simply being able to write out his (yes, his) name.
Using such logic, do you realize that all of you “profanity camouflagers” are elevating profanity to a deity-type status? You are providing profanity both reverence and respect. Your camouflage is providing the exact opposite effect of your intentions while continuing to perpetuate the perceived power of certain words. It is not necessary to use any variation of profanity, written out phonetically incorrect or not…just use a non-profane equivalent. And while you’re at it, stop with the substitute freakins, goshes, darns, cruds and fudges. Stop the madness –cuss for G%d’s sake. These words also serve to make you look like a pretentious d^%k…whoops.
If you want to deflate and cheapen the power of profane words, use them, in excess.
4. Because we can! This is America, correct? The land of free speech, correct? Why would we metaphorically shit all over our founding fathers by not using what they fought so hard for us to attain? Fuck yeah Thomas Jefferson and hell to the yes George Washington! I, for one, will not give in to this very un-American madness of not using profanity.
So, for the sake of good communication, our health and wellness, our society and our American right to free speech, cuss away my friends. Again, I am not suggesting to use it all places, all the time, without good reason -it simply must be an option in our vocabulary arsenal.
As for all of you “holier-than-thou” douche-bags who want to restrict and ban others use of their G*d-given right and very American right to use profanity -grow a pair and well, just grow up. If you don’t want to use it, don’t. Just don’t tell me and others what we should or should say in terms of our own self-expression.
Now ask me how I really f*cking feel.
I have to admit that I was rather taken back by your use of profane language in the first class I had with you. But, I was also homeschooled k-12 so I was taken back by much in your 125 class. I personally try to use profanity seldomly. For me, often use cheapens the punch of the words and dulls my vocabulary. It starts to become a “go-to” instead of me truly utilizing the English language. But, when profanity is used in tandem with an educated vocabulary, I think it can be rather effective, like you said.
Thank you for your honesty Jordan. I cannot imagine taking my class after being homeschooled for 12 years. I am pleased you can even listen to a word I say right about now.
You’re such a bad ass, Jimmy!
Did you just say “ass?” Never respond to my blog again Ms. Brower.
Jimmy, you are brilliant.
Thank you Petra…I guess I should cuss more often. 😉
One word: Perfection.
I was never bothered by your use of profanity as I thought your use was intentional and not habitual. I suppose having come from a home where profanity was a norm, hearing it doesn’t often make me cringe, unless as you point out, it’s used maliciously (just like any other malicious language). This blog ties in well with your post about a Nation of Pussies. Poignant as always 🙂
Perfection? Really? I find a lot of holes in my argument. In fact I am ready to write another blog arguing with myself why the use of profanity is a bad idea. 🙂 We need to get together soon because I MUST hear your Utah stories…you are not getting off the hook on this one! I am so DAMN intrigued.
I think this is awesome! I grew up freakin conservative as all heck and got soooo grounded once for saying “goddamn” (which I used in a very poignant and direct manner. I felt great about using it at the time.) I have since embraced the English language and all it’s nuances and flavorful words. There are times with there are simply no other words to use, and a little profanity can go a long way. Admittedly, I slip in a profane word a bit too often these days because I get overexcited, but generally I appreciate the words for the value they have. They have not become speech disfluencies (ex. yeah, I fuckin…went to that fuckin… movie and it was fuckin… awesome). I have recently taken a lot of pride in the fact that both my parents have now comfortably cursed in conversation with me. I like to believe I helped them relax. Either that or I am a terrible (great?) influence on them.
I am very glad to hear your parents now cuss because of you Cedric…You must be very proud 😉 Hey….are you up in Washington now. I saw one of your plays mentioned on Facebook and, I believe it said it was in Washington. What is a Hollywood boy doing in the great Northwest?
Jimmy, great article. Loved the ending, very funny! Overall, I agree with you that profanity is generally good, especially as a balm for physical pain. You deflate any potential argument against what you are saying by underscoring the idea that profanity should be “well placed” and not a constant thing. Of course, many things are great in moderation and cussing is definitely one of them. So overall, I agree with your whole blog. But for the sake of argument, I did find a couple of points that I feel stretched otherwise good logic. First, your idea about people getting to know the real you a bit better when you cuss in a formal setting. I agree, but with a nuance. The thing is that if you are an authority figure or in a power position among other people at a formal occasion, then yes, profanity tears down that social wall and lets the people who are “below” you relax a bit and get to know you better. It is extremely effective when you do it as a teacher, and I always appreciate your use of profanity in class for exactly that reason. If you were at a dinner party with your peers, though, or even better, with your professional “superiors” (president of the school and other people who could be potentially be considered your boss), then I wonder if you would use profanity or keep it in check (might depend on the number of drinks, he he). Next, your point about using profane words to “demystify their meaning and decrease their social power and control.” I agree with this in the context of using words like “Nigger” in Marlita Hill’s speech, but if you went around using that word on the street, when other people didn’t understand what you were doing or why you were doing it, I don’t think it would serve to demystify it at all. In fact, it would get people’s attention and underscore the fact that you were the only one in a crowd using it, and that would certainly give the word power. If everyone began using it, as has been done in rap (though it’s been replaced with “nigga” vs. “nigger”), then it’s meaning loses some of its power. As you point out, words have whatever meaning collective human consciousness assigns to them and the more we use something, the more common and less taboo it becomes. Does this point apply to general profanity, though? Does using Fuck repeatedly and often give it any less punch? Not really, and I don’t think we would want it to, because then it would lose the very essence of why it is so cool to use in the first place, given the right occasion. As far as free speech goes, I don’t think profanity really falls under its ideals. Free speech is more about our right to communicate any idea that we want, and not so much about the style in which we communicate it. Are we free to offend people in this country with our own ridiculous ideas? Yes! That is a wonderful thing. But is it okay to go out into a public setting and use profanity in expressing our ideas? That becomes more questionable, as I think you’d agree…since in the end, on the day of Advocacy, you chose to say that your sister can be a “colossal” bitch instead of a “cunty” bitch, and that you can be a “colossal” dick instead of a “fucking” dick. You weren’t speaking to kindergartners, but to adults…yet you chose to tone it down a bit, I am guessing for the sake of professionalism. Fuck that.
I really appreciate that you just told the entire internet I called my sister a “colossal bitch” (sarcasm)…let’s give a little context here, ok? I opened with that though, in the end, I realized she was not and that I am the colossal dick. So, no (my sister in case you are reading) I do not believe you to be a colossal bitch, for it is I, your brother, who is the colossal dick!
Great points Petra! Loved them. Regarding the use of profanity and their use decreasing their social stigma, I think it indeed does–though over very long periods of time, centuries even.
I am going to be hosting the Scholar/Honors Convocation tomorrow night at Crafton…am I going to use profanity at this formal event? Of course not as it will be a diverse audience with families in attendance…unless, of course, I stub my toe on the way up to the stage and then I will blurt out an uncontrollable, “FUCK ME!!” So, yes, context is everything.
Thank you so much for your contribution Petra.
He he he, I totally thought about your sister reading that about 5 minutes after I posted the comment, then I thought I’d say SORRY…but ultimately I figured she would read the rest and realize you said that you were a colossal dick! I’ve always been good at putting my foot in my mouth 😉
In a sense, I can understand your point of view.
I was raised by a very traditional, vaguely conservative father who grew up in a starkly different era than I did and served in the armed forces for 30 years(a seething plethora of profanities and the like), and a mother from a different country whom I only ever saw curse when it was in relation to my father and was limited to the word damn.
My father, who although semi-conservative, attempted to spare me from profanity, but seemed to interject just about every sentence with a curse word. Whether in jest with others, or cursing out with ill will…profanity is something I have always constantly heard and dealt with.
Funnily enough, because of this I don’t have an issue with profanity nowadays. Granted, I try not to say it around my children and although I don’t let it slip with as much fervor as my father did, every so often they may hear a bad word or two. Or three.
Going back to what you said about non-profane words being full of ill will and contempt, boy do I back you on that one. I have no problem with someone saying fuck off to me(ok, I do have a little bit of a problem with that), but god forbid someone say the word “exotic” to me.
This is more of personal gripe, but still relevant nonetheless. Exotic is a word that I can guarantee I will hear at least 4-6 times in one week, and guaranteed that these words will be uttered by a male. Exotic, by definition means: originating in or characteristic of a distant foreign country. Doesn’t sound so bad right?
It is the intent and motivation behind those words that makes them sinister. Unfortunately, many of the times these words are issued to me behind the thin, naive veneer of a compliment, they are often sexual in nature, degrading, and subtly racist. I have been told I look exotic and that I will make a good housewife someday because Asians are so submissive, or told that I’m exotic because I don’t look like a typical black girl(implying what persay?), or that I’m lucky I’m so ethnically exotic because I must have a big ass and a tight you know what. The whole idea behind exotic is that the object itself is foreign to those observing it, and therefore intriguing and beautiful because it doesn’t fit into the already neat, existing categories in that culture. Think circus freak beautiful or odd and intriguing beauty. If you’re still not sure what I mean:
This was a real thing Jimmy. If we’re honest here, it STILL is.
Anyways, I’ve spent an entire comment ranting about the offensiveness of a word people still think is a compliment when used, and it isn’t really profane at all.
So to conclude, if someone can say: “You look so exotic” to me, then I by all means have every right to say “Fuck off, go kill yourself”. Of course, I can’t real world apply this because I work in a healthcare position, requiring me to suck it up, and serve those who need me, regardless of how offensive their words or behavior may be.
Profanity in all realness, lies in the mind of the receiver, but I digress.
Here’s a little gem that will explain (better than I ever could) how words that seemingly have no offensiveness can be hurtful to others without you even knowing it, and how to stop it.
Did you provide a link for your little gem? I cannot find it! Can you resend the link? Your thoughts on “exotic” have me thinking quite a bit. As you suggest, it would seem to me that the primary issue is that one would have the chutzpah to comment on anothers appearance at all. If I go up to a woman and call her beautiful, ravishing, or even exotic, whatever, who am I to have that right to comment on her appearance? To me that is the issue. Your thoughts do surprise me in the sense that my personal meaning for the word exotic is nothing but positive. I would not equate that word with, say, “a foreigner” as your definition suggests, rather it is, in my vocabulary, equated with “unique beauty.” But I see your point to be sure. Who are they to judge appearance and hearing so often must drive you up a wall. Thank you for your contribution!
While I somewhat agree that curse words should be an option in our arsenal, I disagree with the constant use of it in our classroom setting. I do, however, believe that we all have the right to freedom of speech in the classroom and therefore tolerate the excessive use of profanity in debate class. The problem is the EXCESSIVE use of profanity in class.
In your first point, you claim that by prohibiting yourself from using profanity, you are limiting your word choices to most accurately communicate with others. While this is true, succumbing to go-to curse words in turn limits us from adding other vocabulary words that can also accurately describe the message we’d like to communicate. According to the Global Language Monitor on January 1, 2014, the number of words in the English language is 1,025,109. Why not expand our arsenal?
I can see how using profanity in the classroom can break down power distance and can encourage students to share ideas they wouldn’t normally share in a formal classroom setting. However, once the class feels comfortable speaking at this level, I notice that those more overpowering personalities take over the commentary of the course leaving students, perhaps uncomfortable with this speech, to remain quiet. This environment may convey to the more conservative students that unless they convert to the classroom language, their points won’t be seen as important.
Additionally, the majority of our culture attaches negative connotations to curse words. American media definitely has. In films, reality tv shows, and real-life interactions, profanity is often used to degrade people. Even if you’re not using curse words to spread hate, many people associate such words with negative feelings.
While it may have a relieving effect on the person using the language, I’m curious to see research on how it impacts those around hearing the language.
Lastly, how would you accommodate students in your classes who feel uncomfortable with profanity? In the first class I’ve ever taken with you, I noticed that your curse word usage was much less, and the class was still lively and freely shared their ideas. Even without using so many curse words, you do a great job at making your students feel comfortable.
Great points Jozelle! I will refer to your final and (I believe) primary point regarding accommodating students and the unnecessary need for excessive profanity…and still being to accomplish class goals and objectives, particularly in regards to lowering power distance and making students feel comfortable to share ideas. I completely agree that profanity is not NEEDED to accomplish these goals at all -it is just one tool of many. Regarding the comparison of the first class and the most recent class you have taken…apples and oranges as, not only were they two entirely different classes with different goals and objectives (critical thinking does tend to evoke more passion, hence more colorful language), they were, for the most part, entirely different people. I never teach the same way twice…that would be impossible as you always need to take your audience into consideration. I do not think I have EVER had such an outspoken, strong spirited, very passionate class as the one you are currently in. Just. Wow. Frankly, I have been very surprised at the level of openness and expression in that particular class -even with you and your trip to “that place,” that kind of blew me away frankly…profanity or no profanity. Though I can see how this might discourage the more conservative (though I tend to think not so much conservative, but rather shy and quiet) students in the class, I do not think this has to do with profanity nearly as much as personality. Profanity is just the result of some very strong personalities. Frankly, I have heard many students in this course express themselves and have never uttered profanity…I do not think there is pressure to use profanity (correct me if I’m wrong) though there is pressure to have a strong opinion and this can be intimidating. Yet, ultimately, in the end, I do not see a clear cut way around this issue. In every class there are going to be outspoken students and very withdrawn students and a bunch in between these extremes. So I would disagree with you regarding the pressure to “convert to the classroom language” yet I would say there may be pressure to “convert to the classroom intensity,” again, profanity or no profanity.
In regards to students who are uncomfortable with particular language, I believe this is part of student’s learning process. Trust me, we are all going to be forced during the course of our life to put up with diverse people with all kinds of different means of expression. Part of learning to live successfully and communicate competently in the “real world” is learning to overcome our personal prejudices over how we prefer things to be expressed. It is learning how to listen effectively. That’s just life. I know when I was 20 or so I would have been totally challenged by this class. I never uttered a curse word until my children were grown…just ask them. Yet, at the same time, in retrospect I think it would have been very good for me. In regards to excessive, that term is highly subjective. Excessive for some is complete acceptable for some others.
Hey, I have an idea. Next class, I will forbid the use of all profanity and let’s see how it changes -or perhaps does not change- the classroom dynamic. Should be an interesting experiment.
Thanks for your input to the blog Jozelle…as usual, nicely articulated and thought out 🙂
I use to tell my children that any stupid person could use profanity to insult a person, but it takes person an intelligent person to insult someone without profanity. I thought I was teaching my children a better way. When my daughter entered middle school, in 6th grade, a “friend” suddenly thought she had the right to daily tell my daughter what was “wrong” with her. She told her she didn’t wear the “right clothes” because they weren’t Hollister. She looked drab because she didn’t wear makeup. (She was 11). She didn’t look pretty because she was Hispanic and Caucasian. The criticisms increased, and my daughter told her in many ways to stop. My daughter use to come home crying, until I taught her sometimes you just have to use words with the right intensity. I told her the next time that girl approaches you, you say to her “Look bitch I’m tire of your criticism, so just shut the fuck up! My poor daughter’s eyes bugged out, and then she giggled. That afternoon my daughter said the girl ran away from her crying “she called me a bitch”. The girl never criticized my daughter again, and they got along fine after that. Don’t worry my daughter didn’t go on a profanity spree. She is now 18, and has a healthy point of view when it comes to the opinions of others. Usually if someone doesn’t like what she is wearing she doesn’t give a shit.
Being in your class this semester with the profanity and having a day off from profanity is weird. I can say it was hard but it was nice to have a day off, although most of the class was angry.
You really F#@cking out did yourself! You never fail to intrigue.
Although I am a user of profanity I do not believe it should be used so easily. I myself have tried quitting the use of profanity and yes I understand that sometimes that the use of profanity may perfectly fit a certain situation. Yet I do believe there are better ways of expressing one’s self or emotion. I’m not saying profanity should be banned but that it should not be relied upon. Personally for me, profanity is addicting once i start using it, soon enough I will use it all the time. Yet I have noticed that I do better express myself when I do not use it. Thank you for time.
What a good fucking point, I would like to keep reading more of your blogs so I can find something to argue with you about, but I have to wake up at 4 fucking 30 in the morning to pay ye olde bills… I appreciated your approach, and tactics as an instructor this brief Summer Semester, and thanks for all of the blunt honesty. Keep fuckin’ rocking!
I can agree with your first point, but to an extent. When limiting your use of profanity, you are limiting yourself to really having someone understand you. But about a year ago, I had an English teacher who hated profanity. She told the class that people use profanity because they are not intelligent. When I first heard her say this, I felt uneasy because I believe I am intelligent, but I, like most others, cuss. But after pondering over her words, I saw some truth. It is not that people who use profanity are unitelligent, but are not intelligent in understanding what other words can be used in place of profanity. Yes, profanity is sometimes needed to maybe get a point across, but I believe other words can be said in place of profanity to make an equally strong point.
You know, I have been searching and searching for something to argue with you about, but for the most part I agree with your posts. There’s slight nuances here and there that make me go “ehhhhhhh” but you normally clarify in a way that explains your train of thought and I can’t really argue it because it makes sense. It’s funny to me that ideologically we are so similar. So the one thing that I really had an issue what was this-“Why make it more difficult by not allowing ourselves to use the full arsenal of vocabulary choices available to us?” I have kind of an issue with this. The way profanity is used these days is quite different than it used to be and is kind of the go to ice breaker. I almost feel like it has limited the vocabulary that we do use because it fits for everything without being really anything that describes at all. It turns a sentence like “I watched the sunset from my roof, watching day sink into night filling the sky with hues of life” into “That was a fucking bitching sunset.” So I believe that the complete acceptance of profanity has in a way become kind of a way to cop out using words or sentences that are far more descriptive. This doesn’t mean I think people shouldn’t swear, I know I’m a big fan. I get in a lot of trouble for my two year old swearing because I do have the same thought as you that they are just words. There is nothing truly mystic or any real reason why to not use them. I just think, again, that the casual use of them now has limited conversation vocabulary rather than expand upon it. It’s way easier to think of one word that covers a huge amount of circumstances vaguely rather than find one that perfectly describes the situation or thing you are trying convey.
I have to ask, what are words without meaning? If all words were to be stripped of their “mysticism” and used on the same plane of neutrality, eventually the power of speech would be lost in my opinion. For example, you have brought up that you have chosen to call your significant other your “partner” instead of your “wife”. Obviously, you have placed some type of significance on those two words to prefer one over the other to describe your relationship. If someone stated that the words wife and partner were the same thing, I’m sure you would disagree. Using your same logic on profanity, why would it make a difference? Words are just words.
Likewise, others may have attached a certain significance, or even negative connotation, on words they consider profane. One may argue that using profanity so flippantly in certain contexts such as a classroom as a speaker is highly egocentric in the aspect that it requires everyone else in the room, regardless of their own beliefs on profanity, to be subjected to hearing profane words on a semi-regular basis. It may not be the speaker’s intent to use profanity in an ill-willed manner does not mean it won’t be interpretted as so. In class, we have learned that a speaker should make his/her speeches “audience-centered” and be more conscientious of what he/she says. I don’t believe it would hinder the speaker’s self expression so much to abide by this and find other non-profane words to communicate what he/she is trying express.
If words should always be interpretted in the way the speaker intends without taking the audience into account, the meaning of words would be so individulaized and thus, varied that it may make communication even more difficult than it already is.
I totally agree with what you just said. For me I dont really care if someone cusses, i personally find it rather amusing when people say those words as for some people who just get all upset over words that do nothing! ( sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me)but sometimes it just gets old when every other word is a cuss word. I enjoyed taking your class this semester and listening to all the COLORFUL words people were allowed to put in their speeches. I was raised in a christian home and my parents used very little curse words other then the very basic words like stupid,shut up….which probably arent really considered curse words any more as they are used so much, i would continue to prefer not to use curse words for more of personal concerns to not offend people who dont like hearing those words.
Well, to your first point I believe you can add other words in your vocabulary besides profanity to communicate better with others. In fact, I believe using profanity worsens communication. For instance, On Tuesday night, a baseball pitcher named Chris Sale threw behind the batter Manny Machado. After the game, Machado went on profanity rant, and I literally had no idea what he was talking about, but if he used different choice of words during his rant. I believe his point of view would have been better asserted. Also, I believe if we start using more profanity in our daily lives, it could hurt us during job interviews or in our work environment, if we are using profanity on a normal basis. Lastly, I do agree with you on point on using profanity in certain situations can be beneficial, just not in everyday occurrences.