I'm with timw too. I do swear, probably too much but rarely at another person directly. I often swear at myself and at things, usually inanimate objects. If, say, I loose concentration and ping off that essential piece of plastic with a screwdriver I'm certainly going to follow it with, "Oh shit you've fucked it now." or if there's an almost inaccessible bolt I'm having difficulty releasing it's also going to get a verbal bashing and so is the guy who designed it that way, usually followed by me laughing at myself for the ridiculous swearing at a piece of steel which is plainly pleased with itself. Strangely, it seems to help. However, I see this as different to open abuse of another by swearing. On the very odd accasion it has happened, I've later been disappointed with myself for loosing the place in that situation.
It is becoming more common and more acceptable but I see it as just another wee step down the rungs of the slippery ladder.
I'll openly admit to switching off TV programs which contain abusive language, violence, rape, mugging etc. I simply don't enjoy it. It may be a getting old thing because I don't remember being so sensitive about it when I was younger.
Originally Posted by three-rex
..if someone's heading in a car towards me or one of mine - then the actual language used would be of secondary importance to getting the message across.
Exactly, so why does it need to be swearing?