Aside from wanting my son to pick up some of the more eccentric words of the English language I have a pretty passive stance on the issue of cursing. For many it is little more than a bad habit and reflection of the language use of their peers. For others it is simply a filler word when they want to put an emphasis on something. And as demonstrated in my experience in the pool locker room it can be turned on and off at will. But where does all this stem from? I believe that many youth swear as a means to reflect the intensity of emotion that they experience in their lives as adolescence. There are occasions where an alternate swear word just doesn’t capture the emotional experience that teens are facing.
So I think cursing should be addressed in some situations, but the majority of the time I would rather ignore the swear words and take the opportunity to address deeper issues. For me it is the process of choosing my battles. What do you think? Should we fine it or forget about it?