April 24, 2014 by Jan Stone
I share this because if you could see some of the comments our posts provoke, you would think people had very few words to choose. Aside from still missing and loving him dearly, my former brother-in-law used to make it a point to point out how many words are in the English language if he heard his two daughters and even my two daughters swear. I find it a brilliant way to get youth thinking about the lack of value of swearing. He’d say, “you’re smarter than that. There are too many other words to choose to get your point across.” If anything, it quieted them long enough to think about that fact. Well done, Bob.
When it comes down to it, a cuss-laden comment, particularly one written for a post, doesn’t say a lot about the writer because if a writer wants to get a point across, s/he combines. the most effective facts and words. We all know that, right?
I have little competition when it comes to salty language — don’t get me wrong. I’m not being a hypocrite. But when I want to communicate the facts or debate them, I gather them and line them up in the best order to prove my point using acceptable language.
I urge those who are trying to comment on this blog to do the same because we want discussion. Just not comments that curl my toes.
We even mention it in the “About Us” section. Facts are what motivated this blog’s beginnings so bring it on everyone. Just do it with the 1,0225,109,8 English words estimated by the Global Language Monitor on January 1, 2014. See? Facts to support my thesis. Have at it!