On Profanity

Profanity only really exists in spoken language, but it’s rare to find someone who uses it well. Most people use it for emphasis. This is incorrect. Your words are their own emphasis. The proper use of profanity in spoken English is for rhythm. For a serious (if somewhat limited) practitioner, we need look no farther than the man himself:

“English, motherfucker, do you speak it?”

Perfect iambic pentameter. That’s how it’s done.

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