Other times it is against the rules. And I don't know how to tell the difference.
The rule? Cussing
I don't do it very often but this trip has really brought out my inner sailor. Dragon says that the audience and intent matter most.
Sometimes I do understand I am being punished for using a 4 letter word. Others I am absolutely puzzled.
I can't make Dragon do anything. He won't drop the rule. He will continue to enforce it as he sees fit.
My job? Submit to the punishment. Cussing at all is against the rules. Right place, time and audience was added latter. If Dragon declares the words appropriate, great. If not I'll submit to the punishment.
Easier said than done. But enforcing the rule is reasonable. Even if I can make a compelling reason for my behavior, I still broke the rules.
So.... no more cussing at all. Done.
Or my backside will feel the burn.