“You know, Azuka you haven’t started talking like an American,” my younger brother said to me.
“Really? I’m proud of my accent. I think people sound stupid when they try to mask it and…”
“No, not that,” my brother interrupted. “You’re not saying things like ‘bullsh*t’, ‘f**k you’, ‘mother..'”
The strongest word I probably say — and usually only to myself — is ‘damn.’ Of course I have quite a vocabulary of more colorful words, but their usage is restricted to the characters in my writing.
I’m not opposed to people swearing and whatnot. I just don’t feel good when it’s directed at me. I suppose a lot of people exposed to the hip hop culture automatically assume it’s okay to greet me on messenger with a ‘hello dawg’, ‘whatz up muthaf*cka?’ or ‘hey n*gga.’ Sure we’re both ‘black’ but if you use the N-word to refer to me, I’ll bash your nose in.
Okay, I got carried away. What’s with people and expletives? I’m not saying they’re wrong (afterall, one of my friends expresses himself wonderfully that way ;-)). I just don’t think people should use them with me simply because:
They want to sound American
I’m in America.