You’ll pardon me, but in just the last few days, I have heard the word ‘crap’ used in public as a synonym for feces by the host of a popular television show, by an official of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, and by a CNN news anchor, to name just three. I am not going to squander your time bemoaning the coarsening of the culture; we all know it is happening. Many of us understand why.
And it is not only the word ‘crap’. There is another four letter synonym for excrement which is just as popular though the self-anointed cultural elites have ridiculously decreed that ‘crap’ can be used on America’s airwaves but not the alternative word for the same human byproduct. Expect that to change soon.
Why this particular form of human waste? Why don’t people say, “He needs the ear-wax beaten out of him”? Or, how about, “The breaching whale scared the saliva out of the kayaker”? Or why not, “I’ve never heard anyone speaking such nasal mucus”? I have never heard any driver say, “Oh urine! I took a wrong turn!” Of all human body waste, why does only excrement enjoy such common usage in ordinary conversation today?