21st Century Swearing… for the kids! | ChrisMaverick dotcom
I have a weird question for people who know children... that is either you have your own or you just hang out with anyone... I dunno... age five through fifteen or so... often enough to notice the way they speak (nieces, siblings, just random friends, whatever). I was just talking with some friends about the language constructs that are specifically natural with your Generation Z kids than previous generations. Specifically speaking in internet lingo as a substitute for swearing. That is to say, I know twelve year olds who literally say "oh emm gee" instead of "oh my god" or "dubya tee eff" instead of "what the fuck?" the same way that when I was a kid we might have said "oh my gosh" or "what the frick" or whatever... at least when we were around adults that we might get in trouble for cursing in front of. But... it at least feels to me (with casual observation that I haven't thought about for more than the last 5 minutes). That the adoption of those terms is nigh complete and