cusses.jpgJim O'Connor, the author of a book titled Cuss Control, visited New York last week in an effort to educate people on how they can curb their cursing.

O'Connor is not a complete scold--his book states that its purpose is to simply reduce swearing to situations that actually call for it, like when you hit your thumb with a hammer. In NYC, perhaps that situation would be more like when you accidentally bump into a stroller-pushing dad who then uses a boxcutter on you.

A Daily News reporter followed O'Connor to the most likely situation to be greeted with swear words--chatting up complete strangers on the NYC subway during rush hour.

"Do you swear?" O'Connor asked one commuter as he squeezed into a car on the L train at Eighth Ave.

"Umm ... yeah," he replied warily. "And I'm surprised people are not swearing at you now - you're blocking the door."

O'Connor feels that swearing is simply linguistic laziness and its overuse is based on unwarranted hostility between people, "You have to try to think this guy did not bang into you intentionally, you just happened to be in the way." The author is from Illinois, and may be unaware many New Yorkers are banging into you intentionally, because they are inconsiderate, rude, and confrontational, i.e.



Here is O'Connor's website. It's unclear what he thinks of Sue Simmons' on-air f-bomb.