Taking its cue from a 10th-grader, Los Angeles County has designated the first week in March as No Cussing Week.
I've always been fascinated with profanity because it has a built-in paradox. By labeling words no-nos, we give them a unique power that they otherwise would not have.
True, obscenities are not completely arbitrary in that they're grounded in natural taboos about reproduction and elimination. But when control freaks draw a line between a word like "crap" and a word like "shit," they give the latter unwarranted power.
In other words, by opposing profanity, one actually creates profanity.
I look forward to a day when we teach kids that words are their servants and not their masters.
George Carlin must be turning over in his !#^@! grave.