While attending a sporting event, my ears burned hearing a deluge of coarse, crude words from the surrounding crowd. Tolerance for this growing trend in our society is not right. George Washington felt the same way as he instructed his troops. “The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it.” Why do people use such language? I believe many have become desensitized because of the frequency of hearing them. Some may feel that words are only words, but Rudyard Kipling fully understood their implications. “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used on mankind.” Foul words are habit-forming just like a drug. God commands us to use clean language. “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain” (Exodus 20:7). Taking the Lord’s name in vain may take different forms, and perhaps one of them is using uncouth language, even when the Lord’s name is not specifically profaned. This habit is becoming way too prevalent in our society. I want to keep my thoughts clean and my mind clear. When I hear crude words, I try replacing them with clean, inspiring and uplifting thoughts, or even lyrics to good music.