Opinion November 6
Gosh, golly and gee whiz!
Last week, a friend sent me a link to a website mapping America’s use of swear words. According to the website, Oregonians curse less than much of the country. I’m not going to write the words here, you know them all, but if you want to tickle your brains, here are their first letters.
H D D B A B C C D F F F G M P S S W
I’ve been known to let colorful words fly in my life, but it wasn’t always so. When my family moved to New York City in 1963 I was eight, and I did not know curse words. That didn’t last long, as survival and acceptance in NYC demanded I learn the words of the streets. Soon enough, I cursed with the best of them, much to the chagrin of polite relatives who observed how the city had changed me.