10/1/19

5 Reasons We Need to Eliminate Euphemisms From Our Vocabularies



Hello friends! I'm trying to revert back to more topical dicussions / posts instead of just ramblings, so today we are talking about words, or more specifically: euphemisms.

I am against swearing, and I think most people who read the Bible are, but I'm also against euphemisms.


Why? First, we have to look at the definition for euphemism:

eu·phe·mism
/ˈyo͞ofəˌmizəm/
noun
plural noun: euphemisms
  1. a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing.








For example, instead of taking the Lord's name in vain people will use "oh my gosh, oh my goodness, jeez, holy, gee, doggone, lordy, or lawd, anything with Jesus Christ's initials (Jiminy cricket), or omg." (I list so many for this one because people honestly don't realize).

Instead of saying the "f" word people will say "freaking".  

Is this okay? I would say no. And here are my reasons for believing that: 


1. Christians are supposed to be set apart from the world (Romans 12:2)

Why would you substitute for bad words that the world uses when you could just not say anything along those lines? 

For my friends and I who are trying to live according to the Bible, I know we tend to stay away from people who use euphemisms because they come off like everyone else in the world even if they happen to be a sister or a brother. As Christians, we must strive to be holy in every way (1 Peter 1:16).


2. It isn't edifying (Ephesians 4:29) 

How is your use of "freaking", "darn", or "gosh" building up yourself or others? 

We are not to let any corrupt communication come out of our mouths, is this communication corrupted? I would say yes, but we are going to take a deeper look into that in my next point.



3. What is in your heart when you say these words? 

Typically anger, right? Matthew 5:22 warns us about saying things in anger, especially to other people. 

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. -Psalm 19:14

4. Does this help or hinder your witness? 

Here's a scenario: 

You meet two girls on your first day of college, one is Laura and the other is Ava.

Laura sits next to you in your first class. "Oh my goodness," she turns to you, "I completely forgot that we were supposed to print out the syllabus to go over today, crap! I don't understand why our freaking professor put that requirement up last minute." 
You offer to share yours and she thanks you adamantly.  

In your next class, you notice the girl next to you shuffling through her backpack. 
"What are you looking for?" you ask after a minute. 

"I think I forgot to bring the scantrons our professor wanted agh-" Ava stops herself, takes a breath, "I just wish he had emailed us sooner." 

Which girl had more self control over her speech? Which girl expressed her feelings with grace (Colossians 4:6)?


5. Most importantly, does it honor God

God's name is holy, Psalm 111:19, and we shouldn't take His name in vain, Exodus 20:7. 

Using our Lord's name or even a euphemism for his name when we are upset or angry isn't honoring. 


Guys, we have to be so careful in what we say (Matthew 12:36-37), we have to be aware of expressions and that euphemisms are just substitutes for terrible words and that we shouldn't use them. 


In the multitude of words sin is not lacking,

But he who restrains his lips is wise.
-Proverbs 10:19 


What are your thoughts on this topic?





21 comments:

  1. Ooh, thanks so much for this post Gray!!! <33

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  2. I love this post. It's something I've been working on for awhile, but it's so hard when so many people feel like it's pointless. Thanks for the encuragement!!

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    1. It is hard, especially when a lot of people don't want to re-think their word choices because it's a hard habit to break.
      Thank you as well!

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  3. Great thoughts, Gray! It's something I was brought up with :) Not using those euphemisms, I mean. <3

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    1. I was brought up with it as well! Sadly my standards started slipping in high school, but I've realized my mistake. :)

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  4. So true. We know we shouldn't say certain words, yet saying meaningless words that are obviously replacing those bad words is somehow okay...

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  5. I'm really glad you're addressing this! I was brought up not using any euphemisms, and to this day I have never needed to use one. I think this needs to be talked about more. Yes, some say it's non-important ... but how can we say that about anything, least of all our words, which are our testimony of who God is?

    GREAT POST!

    MB: keturahskorner.blogspot.com
    PB: thegirlwhodoesntexist.com

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    1. Anything that effects our witness and lowers our morals is worth talking about in my opinion.

      Thank you, Keturah!

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  6. I was brought up not using words like "heck" or "darn" but as I've become an adult and started working and most of my friends aren't Christians, the struggle is real!
    I agree with most of this post and I commend you so much for standing on this tricky subject! <3

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    1. Yes, it's super hard! Especially when one is exposed to something on a daily basis, it is way too easy to become desensitized.
      Thanks for reading, Kara Lynn. <33

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  7. There are so many words that sneak in God's name. I so agree with you! ;)

    astordetective.blogspot.com

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  8. I agree that we are "supposed to be set apart from the world." We definitely need to control the words we use. [Everyone does.] I notice myself saying "drat" a lot. Now, I just looked up the definition and here is what it said:
    a mild expression of annoyance or irritation
    Well that doesn't sound too bad, right? Well listen to the some synonyms:
    damn, blast, hell, heck, tarnation
    Wow, all of a of a sudden the word I said to often sounds terrible! While the synonyms aren't the definition, I still had no idea what I was saying until you brought it to my attention! Look up the definition of the euphemisms you or someone you know uses, you will probably be surprised what you find!
    By the way, anybody know how to keep yourself from saying them without thinking? Most of the time euphemisms come out of habit of saying them and I want to stop!
    ~Elate

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    1. Hey Elate! I'm really impressed that you looked into that "word" it takes a lot of retro and introspection to do that honestly, and I'm glad you did.

      It is really shocking how bad some seemingly innocent words are!

      Habits are hard to break, I know for me personally that I use to say "oh my goodness" or "goodness" a lot, it was super hard for me to stop and I would catch myself or realize afterward that I said it. I apologized a lot for a few months, but it's gotten way better!

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  9. I've been working on this, at least trying to.

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  10. Excellent post, Gray ��
    I know that I, for one, struggle with this a lot, especially in a secular work and college environment. It really is hard, and the words I find myself using more often than not are frick, darn, and crap. In the back of my head I know they're wrong...but I still use them, and according to the book of James, since I'm not using those words in faith I am sinning. :/ Thank you for helping me realize I need to work on it. ❤️

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    1. It's super hard when one is exposed to so much of it on a daily basis, I feel you! I'm glad you're working on it <33

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