Friday, 16 May 2014
Tourette syndrome is a fairly frequent condition, but in most cases in only manifests itself in the form of physical tics (facial or otherwise) and verbal ones. It can come and go, and may disappear entirely.
Popular culture usually remembers only one of the possible aspects of the syndrome: the admittedly funny (not to the patient, obviously!) and uncontrolled use of profanity. This is actually a rare phenomenon among Tourette sufferers, but it remains no less tragic for the ones afflicted. Having struggled with tics myself as a teen, I can imagine how terrible it must be to live with that condition.
As for internet users who keep using foul language just to sound tough, they don't even have the excuse of a neurological condition. They're just idiots.