Despite my macho, bombastic, obnoxious personality I have generally avoided vulgarities in my speech. It might be part of an out-sized ego, a sense of superiority, a self-image that values a better vocabulary or it may just be snobism, I am not sure. But I generally don’t swear nor do I employ f-bombs and other shock words as everyday adjectives for just about everything. Doing so just seems stupid to me…..
I use any word that is in the bible, great literature or even benign common usage so I don’t subscribe fully to ‘high’ speech but most of my petite vulgarities can be heard more frequently amongst nuns and monks rather then the Crips and the Bloods. I am a bit of a goody-two-shoes when it comes to language. I am a bit of a prude verbally speaking (is that a redundancy?). However you interpret me, you would not likely use the term vulgar or coarse. Stupid, maybe. Not ugly. I somehow think that language displays your sense of decency, of respect for others and, dare I admit it, your intellect. I try to project better rather than worse.
So, imagine my surprise to hear the words of the director of White House Communications, Anthony Scaramucci (the ‘Mooch’), laying into his fellow right-wing co-workers with language bluer than Babe the Ox. As the media put it, “….sounded more like the Sopranos than the White House.”
I understand the intellectual position that words are just letters in sequence and no word is bad or good. I get that. But I was raised differently and, to me, dumb is as dumb sounds. Most swearing and cursing sounds ugly, stupid, vulgar and coarse for no discernible reason to me. What’s the point? And interspersing your thoughts with cuss-words because you do not have the right word readily to hand simply suggests that you are lacking vocabulary rather than choosing to make a statement about semantics.
And, even if you were making a stand over the use of letters and words, does it have to be the same ugly words in every sentence? Couldn’t you employ a different set of no-longer-shocking-or-colourful words now and then? And hasn’t the point been made already?
So, from my point of view the highest office in the land should sound like it. And it does not. Currently, the highest office in the land sounds just plain stupid. Worse, the official ‘mouthpiece’ intended to make the highest office in the land sound good, instead sounds worse than the pussy-grabbing idiot that he is representing. This is an example of a real-life Dumb and Dumber tweeting and spewing vile and ugly and somehow, unbelievably, doing so from the Oval Office of the White House everyday to the entire listening world. And it does not stop!
If it wasn’t actually happening, no one would try to make this stuff up even in a cheap B gutter-based comedy starring Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler. The stupidest Hollywood has ever offered up is not as stupid as the Republicans of the United States have delivered. To my mind, it is an embarrassment to the country in the extreme and Anthony Scaramucci is currently on the crest of that embarrassment.
Who and what will Trump give us next?