Last night I was watching John Heilman host Dateline: White House and he used (not for the first time) "language". Language my mother would not approve of, language that still somewhat shocks me when I hear it on television (including on so-called premium cable; I'm old enough to remember when cable meant getting more than the two channels we got using an antenna back in SmallVillage).
Don't get me wrong: I swear like a something.
And no, Mom didn't approve.
Still, when the "Hush" episode of Buffy aired, I was a little surprised by scenes like this:
. And then the opening credits had this:
(Note: I'm not including Hawkeye's use of "dreck" in M*A*S*H because that wasn't exactly a commonly known swear word).
But when Heilman used "bullshit"? I know times have changed. I know we're all grownups. I know he could say worse (Charlie Sykes got scolded for using "dick" as in "dick pic" recently - not sure that's exactly worse!). Still, it made me feel old.
Swearing, at least when I was growing up, was transgressive. Not something you hear on the evening news. At 5pm. Even before "family hour". I guess I'm wrong.