Let’s Talk Dirty: Socially Tabooed Words

(Cartoon: public domain)

READER DISCRETION ADVISED: If you’re offended by the words “shit,” “damn,” “bitch,” “ass,” or “fuck,” then … well, I suppose it doesn’t really matter at this point, does it? In all seriousness though, I’ll be using these and other words from the English language (some of which genuinely do have shock value and are offensive) in this post to the end of having an informed discussion about a relevant topic–namely, why certain words are tabooed and others aren’t. If that’s something you can’t handle, stop reading now.

There’s been a kerfuffle of late concerning Rick Santorum’s altercation with the New York Times¬†reporter who asked him to clarify some statements he’d made about Mitt Romney. Santorum apparently thinks Romney’s the “worst Republican in America,” but only in certain contexts, as he curtly informed the¬†Times reporter. Aside from there having been little to no reason for Santorum to get his tighty-whities in a tangle since the reporter’s question was completely legitimate, the entire basis for the news coverage was utterly inane.

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Republican candidate for president Rick Santorum spoke on the campus of Oral Roberts University today where I attend school. I did not go, but elected to take a nap instead (and, oh, was it a good one). I elected not to go because I do not give ear to public figures who foment homophobic fear while at the same time slipping in the word “Jesus” or “God” every few sentences to establish some sort of connection with the conservative Evangelicals who comprise their base. Rick Santorum is probably a well-enough guy to be around and I’m sure he’s a great husband and father. He’s also a brother in Christ and I look forward to breaking bread with him at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Until that time, however, he will have neither my support nor respect so long as he continues to build his political career on ignorance and prejudice.