Reading an article on why people swear led me to this funny and thought-provoking Radio 4 piece on which the article is based (which contains some fruity language, naturally). It's fun to hear about people's relationship to certain words. My own relationship with swearing is very much like the one I have with singing. I do it quietly at home on a fairly regular basis. And even more so when I'm behind the wheel, which can be very cathartic. But I rarely take it beyond the confines of my property, even though I have no problem with less inhibited people doing it around me now and then. The fact that most of my friends, family and colleagues never hear me swear gives me the advantage of surprise. I know if I ever chose to burst forth with some choice profanity it would make an impact. So maybe I'm saving it for just the right occasion. Listening to the R4 show has made me wonder if it would be healthier for me to swear more frequently and with more volume. As far as hearing others swear, well, the radio piece raised a double-standard of mine: I prefer to hear swearing coming from people who sound or seem well educated (I'm guilty of unconscious bias, I know). I also prefer others' swearing to be infrequent and creative (hearing three or four Fs per sentence gets so tedious). I feel both suggest deliberation rather than poor vocabulary. And they seem much juicier for it. So with this in mind, how do you feel about swearing? Do you swear? Frequently or occasionally? And do you enjoy doing so?! Or are you offended by bad language? Do you use cute little substitutes? Or actual words that are more polite?