Blog spam makes me want to cuss up a storm. I'll try not to, but I do feel more freedom to use expletives online than in my general speech. I have to censor myself around the kids instead of saying everything I think. Here, I can let my words flow. That got me thinking about which 'bad' words I use (verbally and written) and why. By far my most common one is 'shit.' I know I say it way too much, probably several times every day. Drop something, "shit." Forget something, "shit." Hurt myself somehow, "shit." It just comes out automatically before I can stop myself. (Bad oral sphincter, you could say.) And 'shit' can be so expressive and imply different thoughts depending on the situation. A moderately loud 'Shit' was the first thing I said as I saw the redlight-running car crash into the left front of my month-old (to me, it's a 1998) Corvette. It was said in that tone of "OH MY GOD I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS IS HAPPENING! I JUST CAN'T HAVE ANYTHING NICE WITHOUT IT GETTING MESSED UP!" Yep, that one word really can mean all of that. If I haven't said 'shit' about something in a day, then that's one exceptionally great day.
Online I feel much freer to use the word 'fuck' than I do when speaking. Actually, it's pretty rare for me to say that out loud. It just doesn't roll off my tongue so naturally. It's good for serious emphasis in an adult conversation, but I won't say it in front of my kids. And I appreciate when other people don't use it around kids. It's an adult word. And it loses its 'punch' when it's overused. To me it usually implies disdain. (I'm talking about everyday speech, not talking dirty in certain situations.)
And then there's that 'c' word. I really hate it and only use it in the most extreme cases, like about truly disgusting people. That word has the onomatopoeia of a rapist. It's too much like the hateful grunt of a rapist as he's slamming himself into someone, not because he loves them and wants to physically, emotionally, and spiritually bond with them, but because he hates them. The physical impacts of the sex act are not different from him ramming his first into their face or kicking them in the guts. Sorry that's so graphic, but that's what the word means to me when I hear it. (No, I've never been raped, and apologies to anyone who has if I've struck a bad nerve.)
So, anyway, this post was supposed to be about those fucking spam bloggers. I've noticed that there is a new option for a word verification for posting comments. I've turned it on now to see if it will help cut down the blog spam.