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Trigger Alert: There Is No Profanity In This Article

Trigger Alert: There Is No Profanity In This Article

Vulgarity has achieved a cult status. There’s now yet another book on the best seller lists with an F-bomb in the title. And an expletive I rarely recall ever seeing in print was used by one Canadian female politician/media personality to castigate another, on Twitter, no less.

In 1934, Cole Porter wrote “Anything Goes” in which is the lyric: “In olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking, but now heaven knows, anything goes….”

Today it’s a race to the deepest depths of coarseness. For me, it achieves the opposite effect. If you have to coarsely shock to get attention, be vulgar in order to express yourself, or are eager to pursue works that broadcast themselves with profanity, I regard it as a sign of inferior intellect.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

Comments: 4

  • Dennis Snow

    June 29, 2019

    Completely agree. I’m hearing more and more professional speakers use profanity in their presentations. Totally unnecessary and seems designed for a cheap laugh.

  • Jason Hewlett

    July 2, 2019

    So well said. Reading book titles the other day at the airport I was stunned to see the curse worded titles leading the way. Having been in comedy and entertainment without any profanity has been a hallmark of my career. To those that use it, I s ay to each his own, but I’m not buying that book or promoting that Schtick.

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