People who curse too much never realize it until they’re in the company of someone they have reverence for. Nothing is more embarrassing than finding out you have a potty mouth…in front of your pastor.
Psychologist Richard Stephens of Keele University believes swearing is a great way to release tension admitting, “If people hurt themselves, I would advise them to swear.” So we know that cursing relieves stress. But we’re trying to work on this habit, so instead of cursing, cope.
The first step to recovery is acceptance. Now, that you’ve accepted your sailor-mouth-status it’s time for solutions.
Only thing worse than curse words are annoying cutesy words to replace curse words. When cut off on the highway the last thing you want to yell is “go to h-e-double hockey sticks, you fudger”. Don’t feel the need to replace, but work on completely eradicating. Life is always going to be filled with stressful situations and annoying people; by taking a breather and remaining calm you should be able to cope without cursing.
The Cuss Control Academy suggests that frequent cursers start by eliminating the bad words from casual conversations– so when stressful situations come around you’re better prepared. They also suggest you remember why you should stop altogether. “You really don’t win an argument by swearing. You don’t prove that you are smart or articulate. You don’t earn respect or admiration. You don’t motivate, you intimidate. Swearing doesn’t get you hired, promoted, or romantically connected,” they say.
Cursing is never a positive characteristic because it always offends someone. Try changing your habits and let us know if it works for you.