A Profanity Lesson with Grandma and Frank Zappa
It's just a part of who I am. I spent my teenage life with a posse full of slang-slingin' hoodlums. I've spent my adult life working in one of the biggest First Amendment industries on Earth (music) -- the last 15 of which were in my own indie record store. Hell, my partner and I used to ask interviewees if they had a problem with profanity in the interviews. It's just part of who I am.
So I responded with this email:
Munz [an old friend] used to have a great plaque up in his apartment:
"Profanity is the crutch of an inarticulate motherfucker."
One of my all-time faves. For better or worse, profanity is part of my vocabulary... just like 'luddite' [which she loved in an earlier column].
Click the link, and listen to my boy Frank Zappa explain it a different way.