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California Town Stops Swearing

Watch Your Tongue! California Town Goes Swear-Free

The language in South Pasadena is G-rated this week. The town has declared the first week of March "No Cussing Week," so blue language better watch out. There aren't any punishments for flinging a choice four-letters, other than a little community shaming from the residents and the enthusiastic mayor. Mayor Michael Cacciotti said, "one of the purposes of this . . . it provides us a reminder to be more civil, to elevate the level of discourse."

The brains behind the story? A 14-year-old high school student who's also the founder of his school's No Cussing Club. He believes that people might have a higher quality-of-life and that there might be less violence if people behaved better, saying "you have to start with the little things." Well, s$%*!

The proclamation will be in effect until Friday, and then the first week of every March hereafter.


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chibichan chibichan 9 years
Just a heads up to all of you interested: There's going to be a debate on the Dr. Phil show between the boy who started the No Cussing Club and a member of the Pro-Cussing Club. I should be interesting.
verily verily 9 years
If I lived there, I would feel inspired to start talking Colonel Potter. To quote the honorable Sherman T.: Buffalo chips! Cow cookies! Mule fritters! Beaver biscuits! Pigeon Pellets! Sufferin' saddlesoap!
chibichan chibichan 9 years
I live in South Pasadena, and what this article doesn't say is how this same kid actually tried to pass a law outlawing cussing in the city. And like the LA Times article on the same topic mentioned, South Pasadena isn't an area that really needs it. Sure, you have a few pockets of teenagers who cuss, but it's not a serious problem and even those who cuss regularly are usually considerate enough to keep their audience in mind. In my opinion, I see cussing as an outlet for anger (and a much better one that physical abuse).
JessiShaye JessiShaye 9 years
i definitely think that there is a level of class associated with cursing. i am so guilty of dropping an occasional F$(*&$# at an inappropriate time. it just slips but afterwards i feel so gross because i do not think it's very lady like to curse but it has become a bad habit. i think we how we talk does reflect a certain level of sophistication and class and that it would be much nicer if i found a more intelligent word than $(@*&# or s$&(*@&#@ everytime i dropped something, or got upset. think i'm going to try to be more conscious about this. thanks smart 14 yr old. way to look out.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
It might be fun to see what words people come up with, like in the Orbitz commercial. "Cootie Queen" and "Lint Licker" for instance.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Some part of VA beach is like this. I think there's a fine or you can even go to jail or smtg.
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
I might add, because many parents aren't parenting anymore.
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
While I believe the sentiment is in the right place, this is just another example of people letting government take over the role of the parent.
melizzle melizzle 9 years
Nice idea. Swearing just proves you don't have a big enough vocabulary.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Swt strwbrry, from what the article says, there is no fine. It's just there to remind people to be more considerate of others.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
I agree w/ lilkimbo! It annoys me when people swear out loud in front of kids.
swt-strwbrry-sgr swt-strwbrry-sgr 9 years
though i am not proud of my foul mouth, I do find it necessary to inject a cuss word during certain conversations or statements. just curious - what is the fine,consequence or punishment for failure to comply with this?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I don't really mind if people swear around me, but I do like the spirit of being more considerate toward others. I always get upset when I'm in public in a family-oriented place and I hear people swearing loudly. I obviously don't think it should be illegal or anything, but I think it is extremely rude to swear loudly in public in front of children.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
I've given up swearing for lent, or 'm trying to and i feel i'm that much more agggressive, maybe it's just me, but swearing is an outlet for me.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
I agree with that. When people swear profusely it makes them sound like they have nothing better to say. My best friend's mom says that it makes people sound stupid, lol.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
I like the kid's thoughts on this. And I think it's great that the town is listening to the ideas of a young person and giving it a shot. Personally, I find when people try to stop cussing, they have to get much more creative in their speech and that is never a bad or boring thing.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
While I disagree with this, I do like that a fourteen year old is thinking so profoundly. That's nice to hear.
Megatron Megatron 9 years
I also agree with lilkimbo's sentiments.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
lilk, you are right once again.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
agree w/ lilkimbo.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I definitely don't think this is a violation of free speech at all, as there are no punishments for swearing. It's more a friendly reminder that we should watch what we say and be more considerate of others. If there were an actual legal punishment for swearing, that would be a violation of free speech.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i don't know if 'cussing' really reduced the quality of living - but i think that it's not a bad idea. living in NYC - all you hear are curses left and i wouldn't mind having a curse free zone
mandy_frost mandy_frost 9 years
I think this infringes on free speech and am absolutely against it. However, I find the 14 year old's thoughts on violence to be VERY interesting. It reminds me of Malcolm Gladwell's "The Tipping Point" where doing things like removing graffiti made the NY subway system much safer.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Eh, F%*K them ;)
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