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.