We all know words lose their strength of meaning with overuse.
It comes as no surprise then, that a “secondary secondary school is to allow pupils to swear at teachers – as long as they don’t do so more than five times in a lesson. A running tally of how many times the f-word has been used will be kept on the board. If a class goes over the limit, they will be ‘spoken’ to at the end of the lesson.”
My gran used to go ballistic if I mentioned the words ‘sod’ and ‘bugger.’ You know, ‘oh bugger’ – that kind of thing, just exclamations really. Back in her childhood, saying words like that meant getting a good hiding from an adult and no supper.
So, kids can say ‘fuck’ five times in a lesson at Weavers School. It’s not a word that really bothers me that much, but I think this idea is sending the wrong messages out to pupils.
When they go out into the big wide world, they might not intend to curse at a job interview, but it’s going to become habitual if guidelines aren’t clear from school and is likely to slip out. You say ‘fuck’ once at an interview and you’re screwed unless it’s for a job in the porn industry.
Maybe a new word will come and replace ‘fuck’ in the taboo sense and we’ll see the f-word in children’s comic books.
I wonder what that new taboo word might be.