For those of you who have ever wiled away a Saturday afternoon with James Lipton and our friends at the Actor’s Studio, you recognize the question. Of the questionnaire that Lipton uses, it is my favorite, only slightly beating out, “What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?”
Biden does it. The Wall Street elite at Goldman Sachs do it in emails, even my own mother did it last week when she thought no one was listening. (Much to my husband’s delight, I must say) Therefore, I must confess, I curse like a sailor or a trucker on meth as one friend told me. There’s just something so freeing about letting out one of those tiny four letter words. And admittedly sometimes, only a curse will do. Apparently, there was a study done in England, leave it to the Brits, that showed cursing can help ease pain. If I wasn’t firmly ensconced on the curse-like-a-sailor bandwagon, I would have hitched my ride up once I heard that. The odd thing is I never swore before I got to university. I blame my best friend from college. A tiny little thing, but boy was she inventive.
Like most adults, I know when not to drop an “F” bomb. Like, in front of my mother in law, or in front of the baby. I imagine it would not be a good thing if little Siaki’s first word was of the four letter variety. But as a writer, I struggle between how much and how often to sprinkle. Do I risk turning off readers who think cursing is vulgar or that women should be more lady-like? BTW, for those readers, I tried lady-like once at my mother's request...it didn't take. Or do I risk my characters not sounding authentic. I choose the former. I curse, it’s part of my voice. I suppose I can’t worry about what readers will think.
Watching The Actor’s Studio, there have been some inventive favorite curse words, but my favorite remains S. Epatha Merkerson from Law and Order. After all, she went so far as to spell her favorite curse word so there would be no confusion: M-U-T-H-A F-U-C-K-A. Now, that's a curse I can get behind.
So, what’s your favorite curse word?
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