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Language and words do matter

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By Ned Cantwell

Post election concentration in the media and at coffee klatches around the state has centered on New Mexico turning a deep shade of blue and our chances of pork barrel opportunities now that we have five congressional seniority rookies.

 Then, of course, there is the constant speculation about where Bill Richardson is going and why did he shave his beard. My theory on the latter is Barbara told him to shave it or else, if you get my drift.

An overheard quip about the whole election scenario is Jesus drew a line in the sand, warned us not to step over it and now that we did, Jesus help us. I doubt Jesus is big on drawing lines in the sand, but the prayer is fitting in any case.

Here’s a story that has been overlooked and I think Jesus would weigh in on my side on this one.

Let’s talk dirty. Or rather, let’s talk about talking dirty. There are shades of profane and rough talk from the commonly used “hell” and “damn it” to the more offensive expressions of dismay.

There is private language. The golfer who launches a perfect shot to the green only to see it glance off a sprinkler head into the lake may not be satisfied with a mere “oh shucks.”


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