On 27 June, I wrote a post entitled “Its My Blog and I’ll Swear If I Like”,
In that article I expressed my dislike of swearing on blogs and stated my disinclination to share content which contains expletives.
I did, however state that there exists a place for swearing in literature where this is intrinsic to the characters/plot being portrayed.
In addition my article states that some factual content (rightly) will use expletives (for example a report of a court case will, of necessity document any expletives used by the defendant).
Given my recent post I was interested to read that the owner of the Sameul Smiths Brewery, Humphrey Smith, has banned swearing in all his UK-based establishments.
According to The Guardian several pub managers have been sacked by Smith for allowing swearing in his pubs and customers have been barred for indulging in such behaviour.
The newspaper toured several Sam Smiths establishments and found no pub goers in favour of the prohibition. Typical of the views expressed was that of Craig
“Craig, 38, a cable jointer from Oldham, thought the ban was immature. “To be honest if you banned everyone who was swearing in a pub you wouldn’t have a business,” he said. “Are they going to send you outside to swear?””
Despite my dislike of swearing, I am inclined to agree with Craig that this ban is unworkable.
People in pubs should, of course be aware of their surroundings and should, for example never knowingly swear when children are present as it sets a bad example.
I also think it reasonable for bar staff to tell customers to “tone it down” when swearing is occurring at a high volume.
To my mind a muttered expletive overheard by a member of staff who is in close proximity to the swearer, is significantly different in nature from a man (or woman) swearing at the top of his (or her) voice.
One can not, in short, police swearing out of existence in pubs or other similar establishments.
As always I would welcome the views of my readers.