The Norman Transcript


October 24, 2013

Creative cursing 101



What about you? Would you be curious and sign up for Continuing Education classes just to take such a course?

A resounding “Yes!” erupts from an eager nation.

Are you surprised? This nation may have its roots in Puritanism, but the vernacular of the people is not exactly holy. It is, in fact, unimaginative, boring, and quite crude at times. Let’s face it folks, American English is handicapped when it comes to swear words. All because those darn Pilgrims decided to cruise over to the New World in order to escape the Church of England’s religious tyranny; and imposed similar intolerant tyranny here.

Creative Cursing classes would be a unique way to introduce the study of Shakespeare’s plays along with the creative form of cursing he helped raise to an art form. People are going to cuss, so why not give them the tools to be clever instead of uncouth.

To show you how dull those frequently used words are, the F-bomb can be a noun, a verb, or an adjective. No creativity in that is there?

When we travel outside of the US, the same words can and do have different and sometimes even offensive meanings. This is true with Britain, even though we share a common language. In fact, according to a new British acquaintance, “the British have mastered the art of cursing.”

For example, if you say “bloody h_ll” or “little bugger” in Britain, those are minor curses, but in the US it is frowned upon by folks raised in the thin-lipped Pilgrim tradition.

It is a simple choice. Do you want to be clever or boring? Expand your vocabulary by studying Shakespeare and writers of his time on your own; until colleges and universities see the light and offer Creative Cursing classes.

Elizabeth is a freelance writer and author. Her novels “The Dionysus Connection” and “The Marathon Man” are available on Visit her website:

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