March 2, 2009

Los Angeles seeks a week without cursing

Officials in Los Angeles County, Calif., said the first week of March will be declared No Cussing Week to encourage locals to clean up their language.

Michael Antonovich, a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, said he is planning to issue a proclamation Tuesday encouraging people to forgo foul language for the week, KTLA-TV, Los Angeles, reported Monday.

It's a good reminder for all of us, not just young people, to be respectful of one another and watch the words we use, Antonovich said of No Cussing Week, which doesn't come with any penalties for non-participation.

The event was inspired by South Pasadena, Calif., student McKay Hatch, 15, who started the No Cussing Club about three years ago when he noticed his friends and fellow students were beginning to use profanity on a regular basis.

Next year I want to try to get California to have a cuss-free week. And then, who knows, maybe worldwide, the teenager said.

It's not about forcing anyone to stop, just to bring awareness, Hatch told KTLA of his anti-cussing campaign. If you can do a week without cussing, maybe you can do two weeks. And then maybe a month.