. . . has gone right into the crapper.
Karen D’Souza discusses this in the San Jose Mercury-News. A nugget:
Certainly the ranks of words that once were verboten but now seem ho-hum are growing. Kelly Clarkson was nominated for a Grammy for her pop hit “My Life Would Suck Without You.” Hit Girl, the pint-size killing machine in the movie “Kick Ass,” is proud of her potty-mouth patois. Even that bastion of good taste, The New Yorker, recently featured a cartoon with two whales bemoaning that they should have “grown feet and kicked ass.”
My older son was horrified when I informed him of the history of the term “sucks.”
It never occurred to him.
Critical linguistic analysis does not seem to be a trait of the young. (I’m getting old; he’s a Captain in the Army and not young any more. I’m even more not younger.)
He still didn’t stop saying it, though.