No , not the romantic types, the cringing with embarrassment types.
The first time that happened to me, in a big way was when I first came to work here in the UK. I had a team full of people who used to use expletives like adjectives. They used to sprinkle it in their sentences the way we sprinkle herbs and spices in our cooking – liberally.
All kinds of colourful words would abound in their conversations. One of my British colleagues used to find my reaction to it, extremely funny. He used to laugh out, and exclaim, ‘Look at Smitha, she can’t stop blushing in this place! We are scandalizing her way too much !’
Initially, I had the impression that it was only the younger folks who spoke that way, which was soon dispelled when I heard a director and a VP swear equally colourfully, in a conference call. In the two years that I spent in their company, I have to say that I did get used to it, at least got used to hearing it, if not using it.
I thought I was beyond getting shocked when I overheard a mother in Poohi’s school using colourful( and very inappropriate) language. That was a first, because I have never heard any of the mothers talking like that. I think most are extremely careful about what they say in front of a child, even if they do use swear words otherwise. The only other time I remember being shocked was when I saw a mother(this was in India), teaching her 2 yr old to say ‘Oh sh*t’ , totally oblivious to the fact that it is a profanity.
Over all, the impression I get is that a lot of people use swear words far more casually. I see status messages on Facebook, that makes me cringe. I wonder if they realize how it looks, or is it just me who is not very comfortable with swear words? Or is it generation gap come early 🙂
What is your take on it? How comfortable are you with swear words and the swearing culture?Do you cringe, ignore or just participate? Do tell.