I curse rather than swear. Any co-worker is more likely to hear “God-damned” or “what the hell” from my desk than anything.
When I was younger I used more contemporary invective, but I found that overuse diminishes effectiveness.
I have raised my daughters to not swear unless the situation really calls for it (such as dropping an hammer on your foot) or it is funny.
When I came back from Ireland I blistered paint at 50 yards and didn’t even realize it. I went straight onto a dig site and the first week my friend (who swore very liberally himself, even for an archy) said to me “You really have quite the pottymouth.”
I never really thought about it much but I have a completely different way of talking when I’m at work vs with friend vs with kids.
A couple years ago we decided my daughter was old enough to join us on chick outings. Apparently that was the key in my head to switch conversation styles with her from with kids to with friends. I found myself apologizing to her a few times as she stared at me in shock. She’s used to it now. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad.
I don’t think I swear much here but I wouldn’t be willing to bet any cash on it
OP, you do realize most people don’t keep track of when and where they use profanity, right? For most people it’s not a remarkable or unusual occurrence. I do remember once trying to spell “asshole” on one of those Speak-N-Spell things when I was around 5, so if that counts, maybe it was the first time.