I love words. I love the flow of them, playing with them, making descriptions from new combinations, the ways the meanings shift and change with use. When I wrote STRANGLED BY SILK in the Cozy Mystery genre, the style is meant to be a gentle read without graphic detail of violent acts or certain intimate specifications. It’s more about creatively drawing in the reader, expanding their imaginations of time, place and events with expressions and phrases that could peak your interests as your mind unfolds and carries out the details of the picture in an art of what is being said.
Conversation today, whether it be hearing it in person, in the media or reading it in print, where every other word is the ubiquitously overused f-bomb, that is most often used completely out of context, with no relevance to the true definition or actual act itself is just plain old lazy. It shows a lack of intelligence and takes away all meaning from its source and now that the shock value has passed in the frequency of its use by hearing or seeing it far too often, the speaker themselves has been completely devalued, as well as the entirety of their contribution to the conversation.
Not to say that a well placed, occasional curse word doesn’t have its purpose or pack a punch. A lady or gentleman who speaks eloquently and when feeling extremely strong about a situation or event does let loose the well positioned peppering, people know that they mean it. As wordsmiths, it is a pleasure to have such a wealth of language choices to explore. Have fun out there being creative meaning what you say, and saying what you mean, fellow writers and readers!