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Swearing is not bad.

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Started: 12/20/2007 Category: Society
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
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Nietzsche

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Swearing, cursing, having a "sailor's tongue", what have you, is fine and dandy with me. American culture, however, tends to deem it inappropriate for everyday usage. It is something that is shunned and swept under the rug. Uttering a one or two syllable word in your high school can get you in trouble if overheard by an authority figure. Slip up once in Church and you'll get lots of dirty looks. Say a "vulgar" word in front of somebody's kid and you might be admonished. Why?

I've often challenged people to explain to me just what is wrong with swearing.

* Swearing is not necessary. Granted, but nary is any other exclamation. Saying "Wow!" or "Golly gee!" doesn't convey any constructive ideas, but those words aren't frowned upon by society.
* Swearing is offensive. How? The origin of these words is lost on many people, and all we're left with is connotation. The word "kill" carries with it a lot of negative connotation, but people aren't offended by the mere utterance of it.

The only legitimate argument I can see against swearing is that the modern-day meanings of these words are ambiguous. Saying "I'm going to f*** that guy up." is completely different from saying "I'm going to f*** that chick."

Let's become more mature as a people and get over this real life Voldemort. Whoops, I said it.
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Posted by Sonatina 8 years ago
Sonatina
As long as the people around you find swear words offensive, swearing is a bad thing.
It doesn't matter whether you personally think that swear words are offensive, it's the people around you who have to be subjected to your dirty mouth. On that vein, whether swearing is a bad thing depends on what situation you're in. In a small group of friends, no one's (probably) going to care if you cuss, and so swearing isn't bad. At the workplace, societal norms make it so that people are uncomfortable when you swear - in that instance, swearing is definitely bad.
I think the question of "who decided these words were curses" is entirely valid, but also irrelevant. While I would love for us as a society to get over the sissy fear of certain words, it's not going to happen anytime soon; would it kill you to have a little common courtesy and at least make the attempt to avoid swear words?
Posted by coolman 9 years ago
coolman
Very good topic, and I totally agree. What I wonder is who decided these words were 'curses'? The biggest ambiguity I see with the concept of swearing is that a curse word and a non-curse word can have the EXACT same meaning and be used in the EXACT same context. A great example would be sh**, crap, poop.... Each can be used as an expletive, or for their literal meaning, however the first is more offensive than the latter. Why? As* and butt can mean the same thing, but the first is more offensive. Why?

From a religious standpoint (and you may agree to disagree with me on this), I believe the origin of 'cursing' and only valid 'swear' is the use of the Lord's name in vain. Swearing in this sense holds a deeper meaning than the commonly considered 'swears' that have 'non-swear' synonyms.
Posted by tjzimmer 9 years ago
tjzimmer
People that curse a lot make themselves look uneducated and foolish. That being said I curse every damn day.
Posted by Miserlou 9 years ago
Miserlou
I'm never offended by curses unless their used in an actually offensive way, like, well "I'm gonna f*** you up". But any word said in an offensive way is likely to be offensive, so I don't see the big deal with cursing.

At one time, these words meant a lot more, and I think "d*** you to h***" is an actual curse in some respects. But when it comes to word choice I believe connotation is more important than denotation.
Posted by StrawberriixHeartz 9 years ago
StrawberriixHeartz
I wonder why these words were made up anyways... Curses are used to express one's emotions to a specific thing or person. Within the law, there are other laws that state that we have the right to express ourselves freely, so I do wonder what would be wrong with cursing. Its possible that someone made these words up, and before you know it, its known worldwide. They think that the best way is to NOT use it anymore so that the following generations will not be tainted with such vulgar words.
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