Bill Vallicella of Maverick Philosopher has a nice post about the use of harsh language. He makes a great point about the overuse of such language and how it blunts its effectiveness. I agree with him that sometimes harsh language is called for. But if terms like the “F” word are used in casual language, they lose a great deal of their punch. While I don’t want to return to the days when women would faint over Rhett telling Scarlett that he didn’t give a damn, I do think that it would be an improvement if people in general were more mindful of the language they used on a day to day basis.