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August 15, 2012

New Dictionary Word

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

I must acknowledge that I write this blog without really filtering my feelings!  But I am incensed!  I could have titled this blog with the word that this blog is about, but I did not want such a word to be the title.  I am not discussing the word . . . but I share my opinion that the public use of the word is perhaps a commentary upon our society.

The new edition of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary has added “F-Bomb.”   Because of such common use, the editors consider “F-Bomb” a lighthearted and printable euphemism for some far more offensive word.  “F-Bomb” communicates an offensive and vulgar word — the “F” word.  The word is considered obscene and vulgar.  In fact, in most countries the word is censored on television and radio.  It bothers me to even write of it, but I must respond to such an attitude of why it was included in the new addition of the dictionary.

The editors traced back to the common use of the word by the public figures of the Mets catcher, Gary Carter, the locker room language of Bobby Knight, and in Congress by Vice-Presidents Dick Cheney and Joe Biden.  Are we going to allow star athletes, coaches, and vice-presidents to give vulgarity acceptance?

No matter what persons, or how many persons, may use a vulgar word publicly, it does not de-vulgarize it.  No matter the popularity of a word, it does not make it less vulgar.  I don’t care how much perfume you put on a pig . . . the pig will still smell like a pig!

Here is what I predict:  With the dignifying of the word “F-Bomb,” you will begin to hear it more often.  By saying “F-Bomb” you are communicating the use of the filthy word . . . and such a use will get by the filters on radio and television!

I don’t care to discuss the word or the origin.   There are many possibilities of its origin from the Anglo-Saxons or the pen of Shakespeare.  Even some would say it was an acronym for certain permission given by the king! Who cares where it came from . . . what decent people should be concerned about is that the word is being given acceptance as part of our common conversation.

As I have stated, I do not want to give any dignity to the word . . . but to address our society and its morals and mores.  What is our society coming to when we are allowing such a vulgarity to be part of our daily lives.  I am still one that will speak to a man who will use it publicly in front of ladies . . . even when it is none of my business!

What ever happened to the old expression from some of our mothers who said, “I’m going to wash your mouth out with soap!”

Washing a mouth out will not cleanse the heart!  That is where such words originate . . . in the heart!  What we need is a cleansing of the heart!  Soap, education,  or discipline won’t cleanse the heart!

The word has been . . . and always will be . . . a word that is meant in a swearing, vulgar, cheap, profane, and obscene way.  And such language is offensive.  It will remain to most Americans as profane . . . and certainly it is to God.

Hold on . . . allow me to say something — after all, it is my blog! I am going to give you a spiritual truth today!  Only Jesus Christ in the heart will bring cleansing . . . of everything!  ” . . . the blood of Jesus Christ will cleanse us from all sin.”  (1 John 1:7) Then Christ in a life makes the word “F-Bomb” unacceptable.

“For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.  The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.  But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.  For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”  (Matthew 12:34-37)




  1. Amen Pastor…we are blessed to have men (and women) who will speak truth without fear of public opinion.

    Comment by Rebecca Emery — August 15, 2012 @ 5:11 am | Reply

  2. Excellent Pastor: Most people who have a filthy mouth at least don’t do it in front of Christians, in the homes of others. At least it used to “Most people”. Years ago an in-law was in our home and I guess he used profanity that it was just common without thinking. I immediately told him in no certain terms that I would not allow that kind of talk in my home or in the presence of our children. He apologized and I never had to speak to him again about his inappropriate language.

    We must stand up for our beliefs and our Christianity. Thank you for the blog and for the scriptures. We can know that we won’t have to worry about bad language in Heaven, Praise the Lord!

    Comment by doriswhite — August 18, 2012 @ 2:04 pm | Reply

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