There is an art to cussing, and most people do it wrong.
Cussing is best used sparingly, to add emphasis at critical points. It’s also essential to make sure word placement and grammar don’t render it into a joke.
An example of bad cussing that sticks out in my mind is from the “clasic” Dr. Dre “song” “Keep their headz ringin.” Now this is a classic bad rap song: It’s the artist talking about how cool and how down he is, how he’s so much better than everyone else (don’t tell us Dre, show us!)
But when he belts out this line:
“The motherfuckin D-R-E, will keep their motherfuckin headz ringin”
I just start cackling madly. For those who have forgotten, the slang word “motherfuckin'” actually has a definition: it refers to a man who engages in sexual intercourse with his own mother. By referring to himself as “The motherfuckin D-R-E,” Dre is unwittingly admitting to an incestuous relationship with his mother.
I heard another “good” one at a bar tonight. A man’s female companion was accusing him of flirting with the waitress, a charge he denied with the witty rejoinder “No, I know her man, she’s my fucking babysitter.”
Oh yeah. Solid defense there, guy. It was all I could do to keep the Mountain Dew from spewing out my nose.
Used properly, cussing can add force or even meaning to a sentence.Cussing every other word without thinking about what the words might mean in context just makes you look like a fucking moron.