Last night I was out with a few friends and we got on the topic of to swear or not to swear. I pointed out that I kinda got over that when I realised that swearing is more to do with culture than anything else.
Here in the middle of farming country the word ‘shit’ is like the word ‘poop’ in other parts of the world. My 85-year-old grandmother called someone a ‘shitass’ the other day as they stole her parking space. (Needless to say my brothers found this hilarious and about pee’d their pants laughing. She had no idea what was so funny!)
To tell someone to ‘shut up’ in the UK is like saying be quiet. Everyone says it…lots. Here in the US it is quite offensive.
Then I was thinking about all the different ways to flip someone off. I’ve been searching for images but can’t find all the ones I know exist!
The American ‘Bird’
The British ‘peace’ sign
My dad always joked about the Russian ‘Eagle’ being 5x more powerful than the American bird 😉
Then I forget what country it was but the missionary who went around pretending to ‘steal’ kiddios noses only to be met with horrified looks. Someone later told him he was flipping them all off!
So many things we define as right and wrong are the definitions given to us by our culture. Thing is we often don’t know that until we leave our that home culture. For Christians the same is often discovered about what we consider ‘Biblical Truths’. More often than not they are ‘cultural truths’ not Biblical. (That’s probably a separate blog post, so I’d better stop there!!)
Please leave me a comment of your favorite story of something you said or did and later found out it was swearing or rude! It’s happened to the best of us!