“If curses came from the heart, it would be a sin. But it is from the lips they come, and we use them only to give force to our speech, and they are a great relief to the heart.”
From “The Western Island” by Peig Sayers
I would never take the time to advocate cursing as a part of everyday speech. However, there are times when punctuating your conversation with a few choice words will both clarify your position and fix your words in the mind of the hearer.
It has been said that nothing states your position more clearly than a punch in the face. I believe that’s true. But in today’s litigious society, you could wind up supporting the unconvinced, or fighting illegal immigrants for bench space in a holding cell at the county jail. Neither option is very attractive in my mind.
So, when faced with a choice of making a point with words or your knuckles, take the advice offered by Peig Sayers, or think of General Patton who once stated:
“When I want the men to remember something, I give it to them loud and dirty. That way, I know they’ll remember it.”