The Words to Avoid: Do not let profanity become a natural part of your vocabulary, or you will find it difficult to avoid using it at inappropriate times. We all get mad; we swear at ourselves or our frustration or the stupidity of our own actions. We use the words because we know them, and we are too upset to think of any more elegant expression of how we feel. This is not desirable, but it is human and very different from peppering your everyday speech with expletives or using profanity to express surprise or emotion. Such speech does not make you sound tough, or clever, only vulgar.
To Manners Born To Manners Bred: A Hip-pocket Guide to Etiquette for the Hampden–Sydney Man
[N.B. – Every incoming Hampden-Sydney freshman receives this “hip-pocket guide to etiquette” upon matriculation in the Fall.]