Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Why profanity is a terrible habit

It diminishes agency. Quoting:
Jay, the swearing expert, says that while there's no evidence supporting the notion that certain sounds are universally satisfying, short sharp words are officially known as expletives and are used in a stimulus-response kind of way.

"A lot of people don't have control over those," he says. "And you don't even have to use swear words. Mormons use euphemisms like 'Cripe!' and 'Darn!' and 'Shoot!' But the emotion is still there."
[emphasis added]

I guess that's not the only reason I hate it, but it's one reason.

"The presentation or 'gift' of the Holy Ghost simply confers upon a man the right to receive at any time, when he is worthy of it and desires it, the power and light of truth of the Holy Ghost, although he may often be left to his own spirit and judgment." --Joseph F. Smith (manual, p. 69)

"Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

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