“We get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that’s so deeply a part of your being that you can’t even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more. Perhaps not even. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless…”
I dub this article accurate. Profanity tends to flow quite freely in colloquial speech. Not because we are always angry. But it just does.
After traveling around the U.S., I can confidently say that Marylander’s use “sorry” and “excuse me” excessively. It does not matter if we were actually in the wrong because we will just automatically say “sorry.” Say, if I am at the grocery store and some lady was standing in the middle of the aisle and I find myself having to walk in front of her to get past…I quickly and quietly say I am sorry even though I am not really sorry.
Here is what the article doesn’t have in order: Marylander’s don’t combine courteous words with profanity in the same sentence. We are courteous from the start with please, thank you, and sorry. But you have a very limited supply of “tries” to reciprocate courtesy before you’re marked on the bad list.