Do I swear? Yeah. WAY too much. I shouldn’t, I know this. The whole being a mom thing for one. And apparently I’m supposed to be a lady. Although I don’t regularly pluck my eyebrows though, so the lady ship sailed a long time ago…
Swearing doesn’t bother me as much as it should. Yes, I do cringe at an overly expletive sailors mouth, but that usually has to do with the company involved. You know, like if your boyfriend starts talking about his fucking boss during a nice dinner with grandma…well…that would suck.
I do swear in my writing, though a lot less than in my real life. It doesn’t enhance the work at all. It just is what it is. Sometimes an expletive is needed – both in life and in writing. Perhaps I’m a little weird about it though. I find calling someone a bitch more offensive than saying “the eff word”. Perhaps it’s about being derogatory. I cringe at myself if I say the word bitch – not that I don’t use it from time to time. I really hate it. Weird… Especially considering I use way worse language without batting an eyelid.
I’m okay with swearing in books, just like I’m okay with swearing people. But that said, I’m probably not going to read a book that has more swearing than substance, just like I couldn’t be bothered with a book that has more sex than storyline.
End of two cents.