Mouth of a sailor. Tide for the mouth. What is your tongue wearing? What are your ears subjected to from others?
People use swear words to “be cool or tough” or indignantly say them out of frustration. It can easily become habit. Why is it that people choose to use crass language and profanity to communicate? It might make a person seem more dangerous if they speak roughly using these unnecessary words. This type of communication may also be used as a form of artillery to attack another person. To bombard another person with unpleasant speech can be a method to alleviate feelings of hate or frustration which are built up. Some involuntary start spewing profanity during heated arguments to try to gain advantage in conflict or out of desperation to express anger.
Speech is a gift. Words used correctly can ring pleasantly in the ears of another to warm their soul. Words which are used correctly in speech can be a way to show respect to another person.
If you are a swearing addict, here are some creative ways to lick bad habits and strive for a new found tongue:
- Come up with words to replace the words you typically use.
- Instead of using the whole span of your profane vocabulary, choose only use one word for a certain amount of time before eliminating even that word.
- Reward yourself when you choose to speak without swearing.
- Bite your tongue and do not speak.
- Be conscious of sexual topics and other digressive topics in conversation and choose to talk about other things instead.
You will find your relationships improve drastically. People prefer to be around others who speak respectfully. It will also improve your professionalism at work. Additionally you can avoid habits which are easy to form from using profanity and speaking on inappropriate topics.
Choose to be the civilized type. Raise the standard by speaking politely, even amidst conflict. Use good language and make a choice to steer away from using profanity. Respectful speech wins friends and co-workers more than the damage which swearing can cause.
—Clean Up Dallas with Culture and Kindness
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