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"You taught me language,

and my profit on't,

Is I know how to curse."

--Caliban, The Tempest

The best policy we've ever heard about cussing came from a man named Mark Twain. Once, during an interview for a job, he was asked if he ever cursed. His answer: Only for necessity, never for pleasure.

That's the best advice when it comes to turning the air blue. Only do so when it's needed. And it most definitely is needed at times. What are you going to say if a bear gets after you in the woods? Darn it all! won't do.

But at the same time, someone who curses every time his left foot hits the ground might not be taken seriously. What's Eddie Murphy supposed to say when he hits his thumb with a hammer? He's already used up the good words in normal conversation.

Words are powerful. Like guns, sometimes only the right ones will do. Like guns, some of them should never be taken out of the case. We give you Rashida Tlaib.

She's the newly elected congresswoman from Michigan who made all the (cable) news shows last week with her comments about President Trump. They were not charming. We're sure that you saw some of them, hopefully with several dashes, displayed on the screens over the weekend.

Her full quote was, "And when your son looks at you and says, 'Momma, look, you won. Bullies don't win.' And I said, 'Baby, they don't. Because we're gonna go in there, and we're gonna impeach the ... .'" That's where a family newspaper will break it.

(Here's hoping she didn't really say that in front of a kid. Here's hoping that's just modern-day political hyperbole.)

When even members of her own party suggested that kind of language wasn't exactly lady-like, Rashida Tlaib replied: "I will always speak truth to power."

That's fine and good. And proof that she can put together a sentence without a hyphenated curse word. But you can speak truth to power without being vulgar.

Rashida Tlaib is a member of Congress now. No matter what the president may say behind closed doors, or even while cameras are rolling, the best of our representatives will raise the level of public discourse, not lower it. Remember, only for necessity, never for pleasure. It's the best policy.

Editorial on 01/08/2019

Print Headline: Language, please


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  • BoudinMan
    January 8, 2019 at 9:14 a.m.

    Remember when the editor had many similar editorials about trump's language? No? Me either. What was it that the trump ilk told us when we complained about trump's language? Oh, yes. "Get over it, snowflake."

  • 23cal
    January 8, 2019 at 9:46 a.m.

    Boudinman is spot on.
    The always vile and nasty pu**y-grabber in chief has never merited this sort of column from the dependably far right boot licker who puts out these opinion pieces.
    So stop clutching your pearls and review this, Mr. Editor:Stay with me here: And I could say: ‘Listen, you motherf*ckers, we’re gonna tax you 25 percent. Why do we want all these people from 'sh*thole countries' coming here? Knock the Hell out of 'em! "They're ripping the sh*t out of the......" You bet your a$$ I'd approve it. Bomb the sh*t out of them. I'd like to take some money out her fat a$$ pockets. There was Blood coming out of her wherever. Grab 'em by the pu**y.
    Crooked Hillary. Little Rocket Man. Low Energy Jeb. Lyin' Ted. Pocahontas. Failing New York Times. Lovely Lisa Page. 17 Angry Democrats. Crazy Maxine. Little Marco. Crazy Joe. Sleepy Joe. The Dick. Moonbeam Jerry Brown. Nasty Woman. Leakin Lyin Slimeball Slippery Shady James Comey. Liddle' Bob Corker, Jeff Flaky, Puppet Jones, Lightweight Gillibrand. A thief. Sneaky Leaking Diane. Lamb the Shame. Wacky and Deranged Omarosa. Crazed Cryin Lowlife Omarosa. Cheatin' Obama. Lyin' Obama. Weak! A disaster! Terrible! Bad Guy! Sick guy! Failed. Insane. He is just so bad! Schumer Puppet. A third rate reporter. A Hillary flunky! Dumb as a rock. Wacko. Sad. Crying. Total phony. Cried like a baby. Rex didn't have the mental capacity needed. Lazy as Hell. I like MS-13 Lover Pelosi. Chuck and Nancy, Sleazy Little Adam Schitt. Look at that face, would anyone vote for that? That dog! Fat slob! Fake Tears Chuck. Head Clown Chuck. Mr. Maggo. I like people who weren't captured. Big Luther. The Indian. Low IQ Maxine Waters. Wacky Wilson. Sloppy Steve. Crazy Jim Acosta. Dopey CNN Flunky. Dumb as a Rock Mika. Low IQ Mika. Marbles in His Mouth Tom Brockaw. Crazy Megyn. Sour Lemon.The Dumbest Man On Television. Psycho Joe. Little George. Little Katy. Fake ABC News. Clinton News Network. Very Fake News. Animals. Liberal Fake News. Amazon Washington Post. Crooked Press. Enemy of the American People. Horse Face. Punchy DeNiro. Goofball Atheist Penn. Miss Piggy. FBI Lover Boy.
    The editor could have made this a column calling for probity in civil discourse, to raise the level for everyone. Instead, he used a one-off as an implicit excuse for a faux leader whose language demeans and has been constantly demeaning not only the office of president but also the entire nation.
    As Melania said, "Be best", Mr. Editor.

  • GeneralMac
    January 8, 2019 at 10:05 a.m.

    "stop clutching your pearls"

    Democrat talking point used by every liberal who can't come up with an original thought on their own.

  • PopMom
    January 8, 2019 at 10:43 a.m.

    Yes, the ADG predictably gets all upset about a Muslim woman cursing, but they care nothing about Trump's faux pas. What hypocrisy.

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    January 8, 2019 at 10:57 a.m.

    Who is going to impeach the president?
    Is Guam going to flip upside down too?

  • Packman
    January 8, 2019 at 11:07 a.m.

    Remember that time Hillary said when democrats re-take control of Congress things will be civil again?
    Hey Boudinman, PopSnob, and 23cal - You and you're whataboutism can kiss my redneck a$$. Any questions? So, PopSnob, would you get "all upset" if one of your kids used the word "mother***er" in mixed company? If there's nothing wrong with that word why can't I spell it out on this forum?
    Tlaib's language isn't nearly as troubling as her loud and proud anti-Semitism. She supports the BDS movement that is a form of economic terrorism to destroy Israel for a Palestinian takeover. The good news is her remarks have removed the mask from Democrats true game plan(impeachment first, impeachment last, impeachment always) and brought her anti-Israel views into the limelight. Views, BTW, supported by many of her fellow democrats in Congress.
    In one fell swoop Rashida Tlaib and her fellow democrats failure to condemn her words have done much damage to the Democrat party brand. How much of it will carry over to 2020 remains to be seen but on current trajectory President Trump will be re-elected in a landslide if Democrats nominate someone with the stamp of approval from Rashida Tlaib.

  • Seitan
    January 8, 2019 at 11:10 a.m.

    Numerous studies show that people who curse are often quite intelligent. In any event, I will take a congresswoman who cusses over a President who lies about 10 times per day on average (well documented). Not only does this paper never take Trump to task for his vulgarities and insults (to veterans, gold-star-families, political opponents, People who leave his cabinet, etc.), they never write about his chronic lying. I wonder why.

  • Packman
    January 8, 2019 at 11:22 a.m.

    Hey seitan - "Numerous studies show that people who curse are often quite intelligent." Really? Well hell's bells, if that's the case football players are some of the smartest people on the planet. I played in high school and college and let me tell you football players know how to cuss! They are very creative with their cuss words too which should give bonus points. You cannot believe the ways I've heard the word "mother****er" used. Can't wait to tell my old teammates studies show them to be some of the smartest people on the planet. It will make them very happy!

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    January 8, 2019 at 11:31 a.m.

    .11Cal says he darndest things.
    are you really making fun of someone because of syntax of their English?
    Of course you are. 75 years ago you would have been burning a cross in someones front yard.
    thats you...

  • GeneralMac
    January 8, 2019 at 11:35 a.m.

    "people who cuss are very intelligent"

    That guy on the phone with the broken English from "Rachel's Card Service" was certainly no Einstein !

    When I asked him "which credit cards of mine you checked and found no problem with" he got real nasty.

    He kept using that vulgar phrase used by the foul mouth female over and over.
    Even accused me of still sleeping with my mother and told me I should crawl back into my mother's pu##y where I came from.

    Nah, he sounded as ignorant as that foul mouthed female.