Today, however, they are not just used, they are all but tattooed on the tongues of both.
Rummaging through Face Book entries this morning, I found one posting that recounted the Twitter comments of the younger generation expressing disappointment in their Christmas presents.
See: http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/people-who-didnt-get-what-they-wanted-for-christma. (I don't know how to give you a live link but the above url should get you there.)
Not only did the sentiments shock me, the verbiage and the attitudes made me want to vomit. It spewed from the mouths of youngsters who, it appears, have never known discipline or been taught manners or been exposed to culture of any kind, except that which litters the streets of city, suburb and Internet, and resides in the homes of the morons so prevalent in our society.
It inspired in me such a wave of fury with this country for allowing this to happen, I wanted to grab them and their parents by their hair, along with all the conservatives who want to deny expenditure on education and culture, along with the ACLU nutcases who have made teachers afraid to correct their students, and lambaste their heads on some sidewalk.
Since this is an impossible dream, I won't apologize for it. However, failing such violent measures, there must be some way to raise up our children, and ourselves, into some more graceful plane of existence.
As I said in the beginning, I am not a prude. I have been known to use some colorful expressions.....but there are some that are raunchy beyond description.
I am disturbed that so many women regularly and frequently say and write the noun (or verb) in WTF. Why is that necessary? Is it a way to assert yourselves? If so, believe me....there are much better, more effective ways to do that.
Used sparingly, I have to admit, it is an expression that can be quite effective. But any effectiveness will disappear as it becomes the accepted form of disdain.
At the risk of invoking a tiresome trope, shouldn't we all "think of the children" and try to raise the standards of not just the words they use, but the sentiments they convey.
Perhaps one New Year's resolution in this direction might lead to more. Let's teach the children to raise their sights and help them to acquire a measure of gentility instead of allowing them to expel mindless filth, just because they can and we are too lazy to reprove them.
Ours is a language so rich it is more than capable of communicating every nuance of emotion and activity that exists. Let's share it with the young.