If You're Going To Swear, Swear Well

If You're Going To Swear, Swear Well

Things to think about before you drop the next one.
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People today throw around the f-bomb like candy in a parade. Picture your least favorite kind of sweet treat. Now throw it at someone. This is what swearing is, throwing disgusting words at other people. Now this isn’t to say that I haven’t wanted to do this before, because trust me, no matter who you are, a few choice words cross your mind when someone cuts you off while you`re driving and almost makes you swerve into the curb or car next to you. In today's society it's almost encouraged, and if you don't use them every now and again, you`re the oddball.

This isn’t to say that anyone who uses them is a terrible human being, because they aren’t. This isn’t to say that swearing is something we need to completely cut out of our lives, although it wouldn’t hurt. Why people think it is okay to go around using them in every situation they are in is mind-boggling. People will ask me to say b**** or s*** or a multitude of other cute little curse words and each time my response is a no with a tight smile and shake of the head. This is followed by a "please, just once" and then laughed off by yours truly as I move on to other conversation.

In all honesty, it kind of makes other people doubt your intelligence. Your vocabulary is constantly expanding. You're incorporating new terms and phrases to use later on. When someone swears every other word in a sentence, it makes me wonder why they don’t substitute more descriptive words. It's baffling to me. It's hard not to question a person's intelligence when they say the same six words over and over. I just think there are so many other ways to voice your disgust. Some people say it adds character, but how much character can one actually gain from about six words?

I do not swear. I think that curse words are ugly sounding and are overused by people to make themselves sound like they’re “so cool”. Some people say that they are empowering. Sure, they can make someone feel big and bad at first, but as soon as a woman starts swearing too much they are considered to have a bad mouth. I don`t think it`s fair to call women out on their word choices and let men say what they please. No matter the gender, no matter who`s mouth it comes out of, a swear word is a swear word. I will admit at times I want to just let loose and throw out all the fun collections of these words I have in my mind, but I don`t. Some people think that it`s bad for your mental and emotional health, but it`s better than emotionally and mentally harming someone else.

I don’t understand why it’s necessary to be talking about an adorable puppy and call it “f****** cute” or say that you’re “so f****** annoyed right now”. Well, you know what? So am I. I’m really annoyed by the fact that you had to insert an extra, completely unnecessary word into that sentence, just because you think it makes your situation sound so much worse. I’m annoyed because you’re using the term in a situation where it really isn’t necessary. You want to go f*** the cute dog? Is that what you want? No. Well, at least I hope you don`t.

If I were to go out today and drop a couple of these lovely phrases, everyone would look at me like the world was ending, and that’s the kind of impact they should have. They should make people stop dead in their tracks, make their jaw drop, and have them a little worried about what’s coming next. They should make a person reconsider what they’re doing and decide if it’s worth it. They should call attention to a specific situation that is worth that “wait, what??” and not an everyday, run of the mill conversation. Use them sparingly and make sure that if and when you do, they mean something. Make sure they make a difference rather than fill the spaces between your thoughts.

Cover Image Credit: Bailey Rann

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This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

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8 Old Katelyn Tarver Songs You Probably Haven't Heard

None of her new songs will ever go as hard as "Chasing Echoes" and that's a fact.

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Years ago, I found (through iTunes recommendations) a pretty cool female artist. Later found out she was on "Big Time Rush", and then I found out she had some new songs out. I decided to give her new songs a listen, and they're good. However, I prefer some of her older stuff, which sadly isn't on Spotify. Fortunately, YouTube exists, and I'm here to share the best ones.


1. "Wonderful Crazy"

This is just a fun, upbeat song for when you're having a good day. Would recommend playing in your car with the windows rolled down.

2. "Rain"

I have a very specific memory of a time when this song blessed my life, but for all intents and purposes, it is a beautiful and happy song.

3. "I'll Make It Real"

This is a beautiful song with a wonderful message about staying true to yourself. I used to listen to it on the way to school every day my senior year of high school.

4. "Something In Me"

Featured in the greatest show of all time, "South of Nowhere" season 1 episode 6. A very relatable breakup mood.

5. "Love Alone"

This is definitely the second-hardest-hitting song she's ever released. The fact that this is not on Spotify or even iTunes anymore is just not fair.

6. "Favorite Girl"

This one's cute and upbeat, a definite crush mood. Not on the same level as "Love Alone", but it's still underrated.

7. "Closer to My Heart"

Another cute love song. I'll tie it with "Everything" for cutest love song on her first album. Highly recommend both.

8. "Chasing Echoes"

Facts are facts and the facts are that Katelyn Tarver's new stuff could never go as hard as "Chasing Echoes". I can't even begin to explain how deeply these lyrics cut through me when I was fifteen. Even now, this song can take me all the way back. She is robbing us by not making this available on streaming services (or even to purchase). Katelyn, bring this song back, I am begging you.

Anyway, I'm still enjoying the new stuff and am excited to see what's next.

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