The end result? I don't really swear much. It happens now and again - usually when I am really angry or really flabbergasted by something. If I swear, it's for emphasis or to make a point. You'll rarely see it in my writing. Mostly, it happens in traffic.
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But in her day, a lady didn't swear. Really, women didn't speak out of turn at all - but like I said, Nanny was sharp. She was a little ahead of her peers. Sure, her role was very traditional, and she did all the cooking and cleaning and pretty much all the child-raising for my dad and uncles. But she was also the only female in my family allowed at the poker table during family reunions.
So, at her 75th birthday, Nanny stood up and announced that, from then on, she was going to say whatever words she wanted. She was 75, and felt she'd earned that right.
Still, Nanny used the words sparingly (especially the f-word). When she did swear, Nanny would get this look in her eye that said, "I know I'm doing something wrong, but I'm so excited be getting away with it." That look made it impossible to do anything other than giggle.
So, while I guess I learned the words from Nanny - I also learned that a real lady doesn't use them unless she really needs them.
When did you start using "those" words?