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  •  Good for your dad! (4+ / 0-)
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    That proves that cursing can be very effective in some circumstances.

    I was about 17 the first time I heard my dad cuss, a big whopper, "Damnation!" when he caused a car accident. Much, much later he developed Alzheimers and his language became more colorful. Maybe that came from working on the railroad.

    Slavery is the legal fiction that a person is property. Corporate personhood is the legal fiction that property is a person. -Jan Edwards

    by SoCalSal on Fri Dec 03, 2010 at 08:31:01 PM PST

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    •  I'm older now (5+ / 0-)

      and have been through kids and grandkids. I understand what set him off that night, because we lost our son from a traffic accident when he was 21. He was awakened from sleep by a call from the police about his son... it had to have scared him half to death in the scant seconds before they told him they just wanted him to come bail the kid out from bogus charges that could never stand in a million years against a 15-year old high school student living at home.

      His response to that was entirely reasonable in my view, given the provocation. It's a good thing they didn't send a beat cop to the door with that message or that beat cop might have suffered a badly broken face.

      There are indeed times when cussing is the MOST proper response, leaving absolutely no room for misunderstanding about the reaction evoked, and doing it well enough to impress the type of people who cuss on a regular basis. Flowery words sometimes just won't do the trick.

      As for withering (but well-spoken) put-downs, my Mom was Queen of that. My hero, because I'm the person who suffers in sputtering silence and only thinks of the perfect put-down later when it's all over.

      Now, more than ever, we need the Jedi.

      by Joieau on Fri Dec 03, 2010 at 09:43:26 PM PST

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