When Mcclellan was visiting, we were playing together and he said, "Dang-it." I was so surprised to hear THAT from the little cherub, I just laughed and asked, "Who says that?" He told me who, but I won't tell you. Then he proceeded to say it over and over as a toddler will when you react. I asked his mother if that was a word he normally used. She said NO! I was to tell him that wasn't a good word (or something like that).
It's not my intent to offend anyone. I can usually do that unintentionally, but it made me think. Does dang-it qualify as profanity? According to Dictionary.com it might. What euphemisms do we use to keep from saying the REAL word?
I admit that I said cr?p when he was here. He didn't repeat it, but his dad told me he would know where it came from, if he did. Now how about son-of-a-gun , darn, heck or shoot? When I was growing up, my dad wouldn't allow us to use the word butt in any connotation. It was outrageous to use it. Am I just desensitised to these words or are they profanity? There is one that I cannot get comfortable with and it is frickin'. I hear it all the time and I still cringe at if they had said the original word. Will I eventually accept it for common usage, too?
So, as you can tell, I'm not an expert in English usage or grammar but that's what's on my mind.