No excuse for foul language

I was glad to see that a reader took the time to write last week about the Wild Life music festival.

I agree it would be an improvement next year if drug-peddling and on-stage swearing were cut out.

Where I disagree with the writer is whether there is a “norm for swearing” in the UK. I’d say it’s just in places where swearing occurs and goes largely unchallenged – entertainment venues, pubs and Twitter mainly.

On the illegal substance front, the clue is in the word ‘illegal’. On the swearing side, it’s in the list of human weaknesses driving it – extreme attention-seeking or publicity-seeking; misguided power-grubbing; loss of control; inability with self-expression, and below-belt problems channelled into crude language.

The word ‘why’ is one of the most vital in a language, eg: Why, when the brain contains about 100 billion cells and 500 trillion connections, when new nerve pathways are created with every thought and action, when the brain works day and night and is so complex that scientists can’t completely understand it, are you flooding it with harmful chemicals churned out cheaply to make money out of you?

Why, when public obscenity degrades and gradually desensitizes everyday life – a point where the vulnerable can suffer lack of respect, hounding or attack – are you contributing by coarsening life with public foul language?

Everyone should consider and take responsibility for their own actions, irrespective of whether festival organisers do it all!

Jacqueline Deeks

Wendy Ridge


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