Maybe I should just replace the Jefferson quote with the following “trigger warning”:

Found this on some blog or other.  Normally wouldn’t give a shit, but it is just so precious that I can’t  refrain from commenting on it:

It is a list of “common trigger-warnings”:

  • Swearing
  • Rape
  • Abuse (physical, mental, emotional, verbal, sexual)
  • Child abuse/pedophilia
  • Self-injurious behavior (self-harm, eating disorders, etc.)
  • Talk of drug use (legal, illegal or psychiatric)
  • Suicide
  • Descriptions/pictures of medical procedures (even if they don’t contain blood or gore)
  • Descriptions/pictures of violence or warfare (including instruments of violence, such as knives or guns)
  • Corpses, skulls or skeletons
  • Needles
  • Discussions of -isms, shaming, or hatred of any kind (racism, classism, hatred of cultures/ethnicities that differ from your own, sexism, hatred of sexualities or genders that differ from your own, anti-multiple, non-vanilla shaming, sex positive shaming, fat shaming/body image shaming, neuroatypical shaming)
  • Any time slurs are used (this includes words like “stupid” or “dumb”, which are still widely considered to be socially acceptable)
  • Trans* degendering, or anti-trans* views of bodies
  • Dismissal of lived oppressions, marginalization, illness or differences
  • Kidnapping (forceful deprivation of/disregard for personal autonomy)
  • Discussions of sex (even consensual)
  • Death or dying
  • Spiders
  • Insects
  • Snakes
  • Vomit
  • Pregnancy/childbirth
  • Blood
  • Serious injury
  • Trypophobia (Link is safe.)
  • Scarification
  • Nazi paraphernalia
  • Slimy things
  • Anything that might inspire intrusive thoughts in people with OCD

In other words: “Trigger warnings” are yet another means by which precious little shits can continue to be precious little shits.

Several things:

  1. I have never “sworn” on this blog.  The word “fuck” (for example) is not an “oath”.  I have never used the phrase “By god” (which would genuinely be an instance of “swearing” — as in “do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?” — but words like shit, piss, fuck, cock, ass etc. are NOT “oaths”, and their use is NOT “swearing”.

Now, the above may strike a significant subset of my (miniscule) readership as mere pedantry, but it is NOT: I profoundly dislike euphemisms, for the same basic reason I dislike bullshit like “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces”: such things place the subjective emotional state of the reader/listener over truth.

This is the root vice at the base of most other vices.

“Swearing” is a euphemism for so-called “profanity” (which is itself a wholly arbitrary – and indefensible – construct.)

Look at what Wikipedia has to say about the etymology of “Profanity”:

In its older, more literal sense, “profanity” refers to a lack of respect for things that are held to be sacred, which implies anything inspiring deserving of reverence, as well as behaviour showing similar disrespect or causing religious offense.[2]


The term “profane” originates from classical Latin “profanus”, literally “before (outside) the temple”. It carried the meaning of either “desecrating what is holy” or “with a secular purpose” as early as the 1450s CE.[3][4] Profanity represented secular indifference to religion or religious figures, while blasphemy was a more offensive attack on religion and religious figures, considered sinful, and a direct violation of The Ten Commandments. Moreover, many Bible verses speak against swearing.[5]

Profanities, in the original meaning of blasphemous profanity, are part of the ancient tradition of the comic cults, which laughed and scoffed at the deity or deities.[6][7] An example from Gargantua and Pantagruel is “Christ, look ye, its Mere demerde … shit, Mother of God.”[8][9][10]

so, yeah.  the entire notion of “profanity” goes right back to the vicious notion that religious “authorities” should be privileged to exercise “thought control” over their subjects/victims.

The thing about that is: many of them tend to do so via torture and slaughter of “heretics” and “blasphemers”.

(why aren’t you “offended” about that, hmmmm?)


How about, instead of lecturing us all about “offensive” language etc. – YOU stop deluding yourself into believing that anybody else gives two liquidy shits about  what your subjective emotional reaction might happen to be, at any given millisecond?

As for the rest of it: no.  I’m not going to “warn” anyone about anything. I am NOT going to pander to your whims just because something I blog about might conceivably make you feel bad.

If you REALLY want to know why I won’t bother with “trigger warnings” and suchlike — follow these links:

“Microaggressions”, “Trigger Warnings”, and the New Meaning of “Trauma”

BTW, the last link is to a made-for-TV movie about a boy whose father attempted to burn him alive.  He survived.  He probably doesn’t need “trigger warnings” whenever somebody blogs about making “s’mores” over a campfire.



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