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Dan Erwin

When I want it to stick, I give it to them loud and dirty. --Gen. George S. Patton, WW II Commander

Not quite exhausted on the topic. One of my clients in marketing research (intriguingly, a PhD in psych) asked me what to do about her junior high boys who were swearing--in school, and etc. I gave her the same recommendation that I gave my own daughters. (FYI: If you think you're going to stop your boys from swearing, forget that.)

The real issue is like teaching them how to use alcohol. Focus on when, where and occasionally why. They need to know that often when they swear in front of people they'll get in trouble. It was a form of "junior high strategic swearing."

A month later, and with a big smile, she told me that my suggestion worked.

I, too, harangued at swearing (I'm a former Baptist minister!), including my Kentucky grandmothers affirmation of me as a kid: "you little shit!" It's here with kudos to McGinn.

Mike Sporer

A story on this subject, Bob...
We were having a meeting about a proposed building project for a career school. I was giving a presentation, and this was our opportunity to rehearse our presentations beforehand. I was to explain the methodology of career ed in a simple process; tell me, show me, let me do it. During the mock presentation, I said "Tell me, show me, do me.....what the fuck did I just say!" Everyone in the room lost it; one guy had to leave the room in laughter..sometimes the f-word has wonderful impact. My use of the word wasn't strategic, it was a slip. Effective anyway......

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