For someone that has to follow FCC regulations everyday, I sure curse a lot. If the mic isn't on, then neither is my inner filter. Obviously, this means I don't hang out with a lot of families during prayer time...

Because of my penchant for "colorful" words, some people call me uneducated. Others call me a douche, and yet there are still others that think I must have relations with my sister while living in some hovel with no electricity or running water.

Fair enough - but allow me to retort:

Go f**k yourself!

You see, the word itself is perfect. It can be used as a noun, verb, adverb, adjective, command...basically you can use it replace any word in almost any sentence, and it fits. It can express elation, disappointment, ire, sadness - any emotion you can possibly feel.

It amuses me that some people will - loudly - condemn people who drop the f-bomb. Swearing is a natural reaction for humans. (Don't believe me? Check out this article) The same people who raise their noses at folks that curse have no problem saying "Dang" or "Gosh". What makes these words so special that they aren't considered bad? They mean the exact same thing. You only say them when you are trying to put an accent on your conversation, or project an emotion, or stub your toe...

We've all seen the reports that "people who swear are more honest". I won't get into that argument, but it does bring up the point that I've been having with religious folks for a while: saying "gosh darn" isn't any better than saying "G*d D**n!" The only difference is, you feel better about yourself - but you're not being honest with yourself.

So...if using a couple words helps you relieve stress, then you must absolutely agree that those words are nothing more than an outlet for your emotions. Which means that the word itself doesn't matter...