While waiting for my morning bus to depart the downtown depot, I, (and everyone else on the bus), were disgustingly entertained by three teenagers who constantly injected the "F" word into their naive banter. These days people seem to think the F Shot is used by everyone.
And one day it very well may be. Even in our churches.
Think about it - do you actually think church goers 50 years ago used crap, suck, damn
in their daily rhetoric? Today those words are common vocab for the average Christian. [Unless you're my mother. She would be horrified to know that my pastor actually uses the "C" word in his creative sermons! Of course she'd also be horrified to know that I went to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the CINEMA
- but that's an entirely different blog.]
10 years ago I was speaking to a youth group about sexual purity and used an example I had heard re: the origin of the F Shot = that it was derived from an acronymic phrase taken from a 100-year-old law called "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge." Apparently that is a Folk Etymology Myth
. Regardless, it was a GREAT illustration, and one that those youth have remembered to this day. [Of course, it could be because I wrote the F Shot in HUGE letters on a chalk board to drive the point home! Again, different blog, another day.]
I never swore as a teenager. In fact, kids at my high school used to say they'd pay me money just to say a bad word. I never gave in to their peer pressure, mostly because I simply never had those words in my head! Not even if I got mad. [Things have changed somewhat in my adult years, but THAT is DEFINITELY a different blog!]
Today I was reminded how I felt as a young person when I heard other teens use the F Shot - especially if adults were around to hear them. I was afraid of them. Because, back then, people who used language like that were very bad people - criminals, drug addicts, or just people with disregard for others. And when you heard someone talk like that, you felt afraid because you knew they were "trouble."
My how things have changed. Yes, I did feel a twinge of "concern" for the elderly folk on the bus who heard the frequent usage of the F Shot this morning, but mostly I felt sad. Those teenagers have probably been raised by parents who speak the same "common" way. And to them, they don't mean to have disregard for others, they just think their vocab is normal.
In fact, one day the F Shot will probably be included in all the dictionaries in our public schools, so kids can study its origin and usage. Wait. Maybe it already is... [The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000