I am not more intelligent than someone else if I choose not to swear. I am not more creative if I use mild alternates in place of swear words. Contrary to the classist messages I received as a child I am not a better person if I choose not to swear. What I do gain by my choice of language is power. Swear words repeated lose their ability to shock– to stop someone in their tracks and make them say ‘what did she say?’.
*an extremely mild cuss word by anyone’s standards.