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Bill Cosby on Cursing

It’s unnecessary and unbecoming.

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Visitor Comments: 103

(99) Gunther, March 2, 2014 8:08 PM

Cops, military people, and women

Sadly for a long time drill instructors of the armed forces use foul language and furthermore, many of our World War II generals like Patton and admirals like Ernest King use a lot of profanity. Funny how we get upset when kids use profanity when the adults use it all the ime.

Cops also use profanity a lot. In Indiana, the FCC threaten to suspend a police department from using the airwaves because they were using profanity, sexist, and racist words when they were using their radios.

I never thought that the words "shut up" were profanity at all. Sometime you have to use profanity because it is the only language that people witll understand. Using polite language is a foreign concept to them and usually never works when you are trying to talk to them.

On the TV show Millionarie Matchmaker, Patty stated that if women want a husband, then they need to cut out the foul langauge since it turns off men. I agreed since I have seen too many women do it at their workplace and then these women expect the men to act as gentlement but they can't or won't act as ladies.

(98) Andrés Rosendo, December 26, 2013 8:09 AM

Bad words are being used too much

If they are used in the right time and with moderation, bad words are useful to emphasize something. I don't want to give you an example, but I guess you know what I'm talking about. Nevertheless, bad words are being used too often nowadays and they have lost their spark and meaning. It's cursing for the sake of cursing. It makes no sense at all.

(97) Judah Epstein, December 15, 2013 5:23 PM

Setting a Positive Example

I am a Jew working as a Field Engineer in the oilfield. Unfortunately profanity is a regular part of the vocabulary from many of my coworkers and other field associates. I do not curse at all and I find that my actions generally have positive influence amongst my coworkers. When working with just me, their use of profanity is profoundly decreased or even nonexistent. I hope that others (reading here and my associates) also be a positive influence and Jewish representatives as a positive "light unto the nations".

(96) Yehudit Spero, December 12, 2013 9:53 PM

Right on. It is embarrassing for the listener and lowers my esteem of the person speaking. The same mouth used for tefilla and learning and teaching has no room for profanities. Kol hakavod Rabbi Salomom Yehudit Spero

(95) W, December 12, 2013 3:04 AM

Of course it should be discouraged!

I went though a cursing phase in my early teens.I think that I thought it was grown-up to do so.Every adult who would hear me curse greatly discouraged me from cursing.My teenage cursing phase ended as quickly as it started.Although, I shudder to think about how I would be speaking now if I hadn't been discouraged.I do not encounter too many adults my age who curse.However the adults that do curse as if it isn't anything -just part of thier vocabulary -haven't ANYTHING in common.They may be a professional, they may be poor, they may be rich, single, married,etc.,etc. I'm guessing that what they do all have in common is that they once were children that were not discouraged from cursing!

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