Friday, July 11, 2014

"And none of the smart girls do swear, incidentally."

(Not my words, folks! LCS)

President Richard Nixon made this quoted statement years ago on tape while having a casual conversation with his Chief of Staff Bob Haldeman. 

Nixon prefaced his words in my title by saying, "We all swear. But you show me a girl that swears and I'll show you an awful unattractive person. . . . I mean, all femininity is gone.And none of the smart girls do swear, incidentally."

OMG! How times have changed! Or was he just out of the loop or on another planet?

I do not swear! At least not in English! And usually not in public! The odd occasion that I did curse in a faculty meeting or in private with school colleagues, most people were shocked. So I guess they knew I was upset. Perhaps I should have shown that without "cussing."

But does it make me better or smarter, or more feminine than others if I refrain from swearing? 
Well, no! It is just the way I was reared. And the way I choose to live.

So, if you want to swear, curse, cuss, whatever, please do it somewhere else. 
I won't be joining in.


Jake's a Girl said...

I agree!

Jill said...

I am another one of those non swearers - there are a few of us out there, I guess!!!!

Anonymous said...

The odd word may escape if I am really really aggravated...but not in public and never THAT word if you know what I mean.

Beth said...

Excellent post!

Mrs. Micawber said...

Hear hear! There are too many fine words in the English language, expressive of all the fine shades of emotion, for me to want to resort to using the same few over and over again. And don't even get me started on the constant adverbial use of a certain vulgar word....

Rant to the world in general: Get a vocabulary, people! (Or at least an imagination.) Think what it would be like if you heard someone describing everything, but EVERYTHING, with the single word "crashing". Or "bouncing". Or "bumbling". Over and over again. It would sound pretty crashing silly, wouldn't it? So does the crashing word too many of you crashing use. In fact it's a crashing bore. So I say again, Get A Vocabulary!