Help Stamp Out Bad Language
September 2012

“Help Stamp Out Bad Language,” Friend, Sept. 2012, 45

Help Stamp Out Bad Language

The boy who wrote the letter at the left is a real 11-year-old boy. When he made a mistake and used bad language in school, his parents asked him to do some research to find out what’s wrong with profanity. Here are some things he learned:

  • Profanity is language that is disrespectful, irreverent, and immodest. It doesn’t have to be a swear word.

  • What’s wrong with profanity and crude language?

    • It shows disrespect for others.

    • It can easily turn a conversation into an argument.

    • It shows immaturity and a lack of imagination.

    • It hurts others.

  • Bad language includes profanity, rude or crude words, immodest words, and swear words.

Is It OK to Say?

Before you speak, ask yourself:

  • Is it true?

  • Is it kind?

  • Would I use these words if the Savior were standing beside me?

Illustrations by Maryn Roos

I want to take the pledge!

Me too!