It was somehow an inborn trait, an art which over the years he has perfected and diversified to other languages. But somehow the classic punch he managed in Tamizh was missing in English or Hindi. When I try to figure out why he swears I can’t find reasons and I honestly don’t know. He just has to get those words out for him to feel his sense of normalcy or completion. To the English teacher in me, it sometimes comes across as danglers or sometimes modifiers and sentences seem incomplete without them. It isn't because he is always angry; or people irritate him, in fact he is one of the jolliest persons I know and he is unflappable. But I have come to believe and accept that is just the way he is. Most of the time he doesn’t mean it.
Most of the time it'd be laced in his daily vocabulary. He'd of course take pains to watch his tongue where he has to be in his best behaviour. Like when meeting his client, or prospective business people or even his bank manager. All those times our jaws would drop! Is this the same man? His ‘best’ times are when he is driving a car. The choicest of words, some unheard ones would spill out one after the other. Recently he purchased a new car. On his first drive he was so excited and my Mom and I were kind of hoping he’d forget to swear. But our hopes were short-lived! We forgot others were driving rashly! I heard my mother sigh and mutter that the car had been auspiciously inaugurated. He then finished his drive, got down from it and exclaimed, ‘What a bloody #@&%# car! I #@&$ love it!’
I swear some things never change!