Why I Dislike Cuss Words

A while ago, I wrote a post on my site about “The Office” and I mentioned that I didn’t watch movies that were rated R. I was surprised at the comments I received. (I deleted the really crude ones.) And I was even more surprised at the emails I received. They were demeaning and rude. It reminded me of high school and how some people would scoff at your for keeping standards.

When I wrote the post, I didn’t mean to make a big deal of it. And I certainly didn’t mean to offend or talk down to anyone. I just mostly mentioned it as the reason I didn’t see Steve Carell’s new movie.

After some insults, the emails would usually say something like, “It’s only rated R because of the language. It’s not like you don’t hear that at work or school all day anyway.”

The reason I bring this up is because of the cussing. I don’t judge people that use cuss words. Everyone can choose for themself. But, I’ll tell you why I don’t like cussing.

I don’t like cuss words because they take away from real detail and description in a sentence. Cussing is so habit forming, that the words will make their way into every sentence. They are used in place of adjectives, verbs, nouns, and in at least one case I know of, as a proper noun. Here is the irony. People use cuss words to try and add more power to their sentence, but for me it has the opposite effect. If real adjectives, nouns and verbs were used, the sentence would be more descriptive and explanatory.

I think that mock cuss words are just as bad in this sense. They are habit forming and retard your ability to represent your opinion well.


  1. It may be true that a movie is only rated R because of language and that we do typically hear that same language at school and work. However, because other people have the free agency to cuss and swear, we are powerless in stopping them and sometimes it is just plain unavoidable in public places. When watching a movie though, we have the power to choose whether or not we want to subject ourselves to that type of language. Why people feel like they can demean you for this choice I don’t understand.

  2. I remember when that happened at LITO — hard to believe people get so worked up about it. You’re probably also right about the mock cuss words — they become filler words that replace better words.

  3. Not that I am disagreeing with you I totally agree, but you should tell this to all the “cussing like crazy” actors and singers.

  4. So while reading this post, my boss peeked over my shoulder and saw the title. He then wanted to show me something, so I gave him my laptop. He pulled up the website of a documentary with the F word as its title. The documentary has the F word an average of 9 times per minute. Ridiculous.

    I agree with you that the use of profanity is a plague that essentially dumbs down every day conversation. I even try to avoid the “dang” and “frick” and other imitations, because they’re essentially the same thing. While these replacements don’t offend me, I try to be more intelligent and eloquent than resorting to such “filler words”.

  5. Wow! I hear you, Brian (particularly since I am 11.) Cuss words are just rude, hateful words that people use because they can’t express themselves properly. I hate cuss words, too and never use them. Great post!

  6. Hey i sort of agree with you and i sort of dont. I think when you cuss, sometimes you just do it to get a whole lot of feelings off your chest. However, i agree with you that they dumb down a conversation. I think th people who use them in almost every sentence are just making themselves look stupid.

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