I started to post this one a while back, and now here she is.
This post was inspired after reading an article on CNN about presidents who used the F-expletive. Some more than others. One, which surprised me none too little, Clinton (Bill) was said to rarely or never use big-time expletives.
This humored me. After hearing the use of this word in settings where it surprised me hearing it, I had to laugh thinking back on an unwise literate who surmised that those who used expletives had a limited vocabulary. Untrue. There are those with vocabularies to spare who find comfort in tossing around expletives when the mood sees fit. And yes, I am one of the thoses'.
However, there are times and certainly places where I choose to speak like I have built an extensive vocabulary. There are as well individuals who will never hear me speak unlady-like. My husband berates me unmercifully when he hears me use a vile word. Sometimes when I'm really flying high with the loud vernaculars, and I'm too declared to bring down safely, I see him shudder. That always settles me down. And I smile.
To say, I generally see cursing as a half-time sport when verbalized, and a form of art when literized. And yes, I know... but you see right here, I'm expanding my vocabulary as well as playing with words I like. Also, and just to note, to give you some idea of how I play, I only play with those who I choose to play it with, most times preferring to leave the profane me out of my speech, and writing altogether. In my estimation, the letters of expression are far too many to be habitually fooling around with just the few. I mean, to think... not too long ago the words lie, or liar was considered profane!
However, and that said, here's a little graph I toyed around with after word-counting the expletives in each of my books. Of course, my definition of what's considered expletives must be appreciated. Hopefully the above helps somewhat.
Disclaimer: My apologies for having to resort to writing this post. I've been working on novels all day.