Well I was demo ing blogs to a large audience and picked on a few of my favourites as we discussed different styles of blogging and the differences in the loggers themselves.
I went very red, but it was a very nice ice breaker as we say. But the session went wonderfully well after that there was much merriment, laughter and the occasional expletives. I was talking to a large group of professional and volunteers in a drug rehab organisation of which I am involved.
Now I should have checked first, but blogs are live so you can not guarantee what will be on the screen. And usually I ask the bloggers if I use their stuff out of politeness, but as I intended to show Euan quoting other blogs only briefly, I had failed to do that, of course that wouldn't have stopped Euan nor should it have.
Now I'm with Euan and Billy Connolly on this, and believe it shows a greater mastery of the language if you know exactly when and how to swear, no other words would have worked for Euan and they concisely and precisely express the feeling and sentiment at that moment in time. Having just typed that I am instantly reminded of my dear mother who whilst agreeing Billy Connolly is a very funny and talented man, she did wish he did not swear so much!
Must be a Scottish thing I guess.
It takes a certain confidence to swear in public, doing it in front of good friends is fine, but here I hesitate before even typing the words. My dutch wife is very amused by this 'as it is only 4 letters ordered in a certain way', and 'it only means sex anyway' - she states in that pragmatic way the Dutch deal with life.
My 5yr old comes in from school saying Shit all the time, all kids do it here. (Grandma was not very pleased but soon laughed when Femke stated ''it's only poo grandma' (priceless))