Diana Ronald-Szabo's Letters to the Editor
Reporter Dispatch, White Plains, N. Y., Friday, Sept 2, 1983
Erma Bombeck's excellent column, "A profession against profanity," cannot be praised highly enough. Everything she said in it was just crying out to be said.
There are still some people out here who share her sentiments about the deterioration of our language. She is not, by any means, the only one who flinches at the usage of profanity and coarse language.
The saddest part of it all is that, where once such language was used by those of low moral caliber, today it has become widely accepted by the nicest of people, the supposedly "refined," the supposedly "well educated." As Mrs. Bombeck so aptly says, "I'm to the point where I feel I have no protection or options. I don't have the right of choice as do the smokers or non-smokers. Profanity is a lot like smoke. Being around it is just as bad as using it yourself."
The English language is quite extensive and there are myriads of colorful and biting words to cover every thought and emotion without having to resort to the coarse and vulgar forms of speech. Such forms of speech are used as a crutch by those who are verbally bankrupt. Profanity is the effort of a feeble mind to express itself forcibly.
There was a time when profanity (including "hell" and "damn") was banned by Hollywood, but today they have completely lost their sense of propriety and decency, leaving us exposed not only to profanity and vile language but also to all sorts of filth and corruption, all under the guise of "freedom of speech."
If this is progress, then it certainly is in a downward direction.
Diana Ronald-Szabo, Pound Ridge
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