The Use of Vulgarity
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Firstly, I'd like to bring up the point that several others have made in the past: these are, after all, just words. In and of themselves, they don't carry any offensive meaning (that is, depending on the context). Some may have a sexual connotation, such as f**k, others may have a simply unpleasant meaning, such as sh*t. However, using these two examples, one could also point to a context in which the words simply express a particular emotion; for instance, if you use the word f**king , it instantly attracts attention to a statement, and also gives off an accurate vibe of anger and aggression. Referring to 'stuff' as 'sh*t' also demonstrates a negative connection with what is being referred to. In this regard, these words can be thought of as effective communicative techniques, no less respectable than antithesis or hyperbole.
Now, of course, there are limits that must be placed on the use of this kind of language. Overusing any swear is the same as using another word repetitively; if a person says the word 'banana' six times in a sentence, it's going to sound strange and rather irritating, and the same goes for any obscenity. As such, one should exercise self-control and limit how frequently they use this type of language. Another noteworthy factor is how these words can be used in an offensive way. Of course, referring to someone by an inappropriate name, be it a racial slur or an insulting slang term, is to put a negative connotation to these words. Not to say that this is never justified, but it makes sense that someone would view these as 'bad words' when used in that way. Because of this, one must always know what they're saying and what their intents are before speaking.
Finally, the use of vulgarity in film, television, or literature is a highly controversial topic. Many claim that inappropriate language ruins a piece of art; once again, I disagree with this belief. Swearing is used to establish realism in a piece of art - if a character finds himself in a stressful and upsetting situation, he is not going to use politically correct language. If he does, this makes him seem artificially written and entirely unrealistic. As well, such language can also be used to portray a character's personality, or his environment. A teenage boy is not going to refer to sex as 'copulation' or 'coitus'; of course he is going to describe it using foul language. So, it seems to be that establishing a character's attitude and surroundings is just another advantage of vulgarity.
In summary, I am of the mind that we should not make swearing such a sensitive topic. If it is used correctly, it can enrich a piece of writing, and add a certain tone to what we say. While one must exercise caution is using this type of language, it should not be ruled out completely.
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