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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2002 12:45 pm 
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Profanity is the effort of a feeble mind to express itself forcefully. Who said it?? Thanks![/u]


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as far as i can tell, no one knows who said that. the quote is always attributed to an unknown or anonymous writer/thinker.
it is also quoted here
[ http://www.howe.k12.ok.us/~jimaskew/askew/aquote.htm ]as:
"Profanity is the attempt of a Lazy and Feeble mind to express itself Forcefully."
Sorry if it wasn't the help you were seeking.[/url]


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Here's a few more variations on the theme, found unattrubited or "unknown"

"Profanity is the use of strong words by weak people."
"Profanity is a crutch for the conversationally handicapped."
When a man uses profanity to support an argument, it indicates that either the man or the argument is weak - probably both.


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You say, "Profanity is the use of strong words by weak people."

And I say, "Bullshit!"

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Back when I was an English student we were taught that there were four modes of speech.
1)Formal
2)Informal
3)Colloquial
4)Vernacular

When one is using formal he would call a manure spreader a manure spreader. When I worked on a dairy farm I always called it a sh-- spreader. (I have shoveled cow manure for $1.00 an hour.)

When I get riled at a man I usually call him a double ought bastard. That is about as formal as I can get. :mrgreen:


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"Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer."
-- Mark Twain

Fussbudget: I'm still laughing from your reply. :)

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Apparently Twain did have a few remarks about profanity.

Under certain circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.
- Mark Twain, a Biography

The idea that no gentleman ever swears is all wrong. He can swear and still be a gentleman if he does it in a nice and benevolent and affectionate way.
- Private and Public Morals speech, 1906

...he was empty. You could have drawn a seine through his system and not caught curses enough to disturb your mother.
- Life on the Mississippi

I sent down...and hired an artist by the week to sit up nights and curse that stranger, and give me a lift occasionally in the daytime when I came to a hard place.
- "A Mysterious Visit"

I was...blaspheming my luck in a way that made my breath smell of brimstone.
- Roughing It

...quadrilateral, astronomical, incandescent son-of-a-bitch.
- Letter to W. D. Howells, (attacking an enemy)

When angry count four; when very angry, swear.
- Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar

When you're mad, count four; when you're very mad, swear! But most of us don't wait to count four! at least I don't!
- quoted in A Lifetime with Mark Twain: The Memories of Katy Leary

Her eyes blazed up, and she jumped for him like a wild-cat, and when she was done with him she was rags and he wasn't anything but an allegory.
- "A Horse's Tale"

There ought to be a room in every house to swear in. It's dangerous to have to repress an emotion like that.
- Mark Twain, a Biography

He didn't utter a word, but he exuded mute blasphemy from every pore.
- Autobiography of Mark Twain, (bowling alley story)

The spirit of wrath and not the words--is the sin; and the spirit of wrath is cursing. We begin to swear before we can talk.
- Following the Equator

When it comes down to pure ornamental cursing, the native American is gifted above the sons of men.
- Roughing It

Let us swear while we may, for in Heaven it will not be allowed.
- Notebook, 1898

If I cannot swear in heaven I shall not stay there.
- Notebook, 1898

He began with that word "H". That's a long word and a profane word. I don't remember what the word was now, but I recognized the power of it. I had never used that language myself, but at that moment I was converted. It has been a great refuge for me in time of trouble. If a man doesn't know that language he can't express himself on strenuous occasions. When you have that word at your command let trouble come.
- Speech, 2/19/1908

All through the first ten years of my married life I kept a constant and discreet watch upon my tongue while in the house, and went outside and to a distance when circumstances were too much for me and I was obliged to seek relief. I prized my wife's respect and approval above all the rest of the human race's respect and approval. I dreaded the day when she should discover that I was but a whited sepulcher partly freighted with suppressed language. I was so careful, during ten years, that I had not a doubt that my suppressions had been successful. Therefore I was quite as happy in my guilt as I could have been if I had been innocent.
- Mark Twain's Autobiography

I have some new sleeve buttons...beautiful anticussers. You can put them in and take them out without a change of temper...
- quoted in My Father Mark Twain, Clara Clemens

My swearing doesn't mean any more to me than your sermons do to you.
- comment made to Rev. Joe Twichell, quoted in Mark Twain and Hawaii, by Walter Francis Frear

quotes all from
http://www.twainquotes.com/Profanity.html

a good breakdown of "bullshit" by Gusworld
http://www.gusworld.com.au/nrc/thesis/ch-3.htm


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2002 9:03 am 
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I'm glad my contribution was well-received. I was afraid I'd be cursed for my profanity.

By the way, is the opposite of profanity antifanity?

Just kiddin'. "Pro" in this case means "in front of" which along with "fanum," temple, gives "before the temple."

In other words, it's taboo to speak of the sacred mysteries outside the sacred precinct. We've broadened the meaning to include naughty words, wherever they're spoken.

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