My father-in-law is a strange one. He likes an argument. No, he *loves* an argument. He'd swear the black was white if he could get an argument out of it.
Recently there has been that Carole Thatcher kerfuffle (and no, I don't want to go into it here) but as a result every time we see him he uses the 'n'-word, which I find objectionable. His retort: "It is a perfectly good word." He's trolling, again, trying to get an argument going.
Well a few days ago I snapped and told him about a very interesting street in Shrewsbury named 'Grope Lane' where the full name is 'Gropec**t Lane', a place where ladies of the night (or at least late-evening) used to let it all hang out. He disputes that the 'c'-word was ever usable in normal conversation and that I was being both politically correct on one hand and obscene in the other.
My question is - for the more 'severe' swearwords that we use today, were they ever a normal acceptable word to be used in conversation?
If not, do you reckon that I should replace the flat bar on my RoadRat to a drop-bar or will I fall backwards when climbing uphill?