Civility in language

Posted Thursday, May. 22, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

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Having grown up in a family who rarely used even mild profanity, I had to ask my younger brother the definitions of some of the curse words in the text of A Catcher in the Rye. I was totally naïve compared to the youth of today.

In order to have a civilization, people must be civil.

Kausthub Poondi’s Wednesday letter, “Irresponsible words,” mentioned “decreased civility.”

It is my belief that profanity, cursing and some forms of physical violence are a result of a lack of language skills.

Why single out the word rape as detrimental to our culture? What about the f-word and the words like freaking and frigging that are used daily as euphemisms?

We might become a more civil population with an improved education system, including the proper use of the English language.

— Ann Schrader, Arlington

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