As you all now...most of us around here let out the occasional expletive. (For those of you in Rio Linda, them's cuss words!)
Growing up Baptist, "Thou Shalt Not Take Thy Lord's Name In Vain" was the catch all for not cussin'. (And it had to be quoted in the King James and captitalized when written.) There was also the "Let thou not hast any unwholesome speech cometh out of thine mouth" (Again with the KJV.) So as a kid, when I said "Gosh Darnit", I got a lecture about it being short-hand for God Dammit. "Jeez" was short-hand for Jesus' Wisdom, which was blasphemy. We tried "crap" but that didn't cut the mustard either. So we made up our own cuss words. You know them, frickin', freakin', fudge come to mind.
So what's a boy to do when he really want's to say, "Aw Shit!"? "Aw shoot" just doesn't carry the weight does it? And who's really gonna think you're mad if you tell them to "fudge off!"? Hmmm??
I try to use words, both in written form and spoken form, in such a way as they carry the full effect of their meaning. Not just their denotation but also, at times, their connotation. So I have used, on occasion, with blistering accuracy, George Carlin's 7 Dirty Words you can't say on television. (Ah hell...sometimes I just say them cause they sound cool!)
Many people of the Christian faith get bent out of shape when these words, and some of the more milder ones, are use by other christians. The Internet Monk has a nice little rant about that over at the Boar's Head Tavern.
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Edit: Here's another link on the subject... Cussin' Christians