Good Morning Wildcats!
Manners......We all can recall our Moms, Dads, or grandparents telling us to have good manners when we were younger. They said this because they were teaching us to be kind and polite to others. Maybe they told us to "Look someone in the eye when they are talking to you." Or possibly they encouraged you to say "Please" and "Thank you" when appropriate. Or maybe it was even how to shake someone's hand (although that has become taboo in our COVID era)!
I would like to focus on the words that we choose to use and say in our everyday speech. Swear words or cuss words is where I am going with this. Why do we resort to using these words when we are speaking to others? It really is an interesting thing, if you boil it down and ask this question of yourself? Why??? There are plenty of other words in the dictionary to use to explain or describe something. So again....WHY?? Personally, I think it can be a couple of reasons. For one, maybe we have people in our lives, parents, older siblings, friends, who use this language so as we grow up this is the example that is being set for us. While I do know it to be true, I have a difficult time agreeing with it as a reason simply because we are all individuals with our own minds and if we want to be a leader and not a follower then it shouldn't matter what we hear others saying around us, we can choose to be different....and we should!
The other reason, which I believe to be more accurate, is that we feel insecure when we are around our friends and for whatever reason in our brains, we think that using bad words makes us sound cool or tough. And while this is likely the reason why we would start to use cuss words, another issue that arises is that we turn it into a habit over time. It is kind of like smoking for example. It is awkward and gross at first and if you were to do it repeatedly, you would turn it into a habit and eventually become addicted. The same can be true with using bad language. I will be honest with you and tell you that when you use this type of language repeatedly in public, a lot of people will likely think of you in a negative light. While it doesn't necessarily make you less intelligent, it does make you SOUND less intelligent and I promise you that if a potential boss or employer, or possibly even someone you like and maybe want to date hears you using these words, your opportunity with them could be compromised.
So, pick up a dictionary or google some synonyms for words and learn some new ones. Not only will you sound smarter, but you will be smarter!
PERRC UP Wildcats and make it a great day, or not, the choice is yours!