The English language has been, and is the most powerful medium for communicating and preserving human thought.

But the mother tongue has been corrupted by various trends which have been fueled by the internet and its social media in which rules for format, style, grammar, spelling and decency are Anything Goes.

Among the most obvious corruptions is the use of profanity in place of the use of clear and specific adjectives, adverbs, participles, etc. I read somewhere that the use of profanity is evidence of mental sloth and a low level of creativity. For example, here’s a non-profane description of our president by a person who resorts to more excoriating words than any profane term(s):

“For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace.”

I am not able to compose such an elegant verbal flaying of anyone. But I think it’s possible to defuse ugly and disgusting profanity with appropriate non-profane terms. For example, the following are defused examples of commonly used vulgar terms that could clean up a lot of vile profanity I have read and heard that was aimed at, or uttered by Donald Trump:

He’s a total Trumphead.

He’s a Trumphole.

He is a Trumping liar.

He did business in those Trumphole countries.

Reading over, I realize that I have only modified up some of the language widely used to describe Trump. But, in so doing, I may have caused some people to erupt in profanity.

Mea Culpa.

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Blayd

What's even worse: My new smartphone evidently learns and adds to it's web connected dictionary. What it has learned from (heavens knows where { moi? } ) is not only unprintable in this forum but as requires extreme oversite as it auto-corrupts the most tame dialogs into cringe worthy filth and depravity. Trust me, an emoticon of a poopy pile is the least of it's offences. Isn't technology and AI wonderful!

Blayd

PS: I don't use Apple products, but I am told if you tell it's smartphone assistant to perform an unnatural act it will do your bidding which raises havoc with files and operating system. Lesson learned there. I just tell my unwanted assistant to "shut up" when it accidentally gets triggered. Thankfully it actually ceases it's babble with that command.

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