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Weak Words

“Whenever a person feels that he must employ profanity to add weight to his words,” Richard L. Evans observed, “one rather suspects that there is some inherent weakness in his words, which fact he is trying to cover up by the use of an overdose of bad language—like trying to kill the offensive flavor of unsavory food with a suspiciously heavy covering of condiments. A simple truth does not need the bolstering of bad language.”

Richard L. Evans,“On Profanity,” Improvement Era, July 1952, 546