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Ozzyhead
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HorizontalCross
Con (against)
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There is no such thing as "bad words".

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Ozzyhead
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 5/6/2014 Category: Society
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
Viewed: 996 times Debate No: 54147
Debate Rounds (4)
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Ozzyhead

Pro

Pretty simple. First round is acceptance
HorizontalCross

Con

The majority of mainstream society defines what "bad words" are. Bad words are simply terms that are against the moral terminology of modern society. They represent the "vulgar" usage of the human language, whether it be English or other languages. While moral standards may differ among the people of Earth, society has accepted that there are certain terms that can be considered as derogatory or "bad." These words are considered to be bad due to their usage in the human language and through the vernacular of the common people. Generally these words are used in situations involving frustration, malice, or pure rage. Because of society's tendency to silence violent outbursts, it considers words such as "the S word" to be bad. The label "bad word" is used to silence individuals in public areas that attempt to verbally construe their rage. Society developed the term "bad words." Saying that there is no such thing as the term is like saying that there is no such thing as misconduct. While my adversary may not believe certain words to be "bad", society has labeled certain words as "bad." It is because of this fact that there is a such thing as "bad words" in mainstream society.
Debate Round No. 1
Ozzyhead

Pro

Bad words are dubbed by people. Bad words are deemed bad by people, however, we have noticed that what is considered a bad word have changed, though this is not the point of this debate. If you notice, though, words like "hell", "da*n", "sh*t" (if you notice, some television shows have stopped censoring that word), and "a*s" (as a derogatory term) are becoming more public. BUT, this debate is not what is and what is not a bad word, it is about if bad words exist. Words are not harmful, and are only pack as much of a 'punch' as a person allows it. Also, certain words are found to be okay and undesirable words, depending on the context, and that is the basis of my argument: the words do not matter. Only the context they are used in. An example is the word "balls". "Balls" refer to a round object that are generally thrown and used in sports. The word also refers to men genitalia. Notice, the same word, but different context. Same thing with the word "pu*sy". We call our cats that name, and we call someone who is weak this name. We also use the word to refer to a women's genitalia. Again, it is the context. If someone is not looking to do harm with their words, and are instead intending them for other reasons, people tend to find the words acceptable. This shows that the words themselves mean nothing with out the proper context.
HorizontalCross

Con

HorizontalCross forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
Ozzyhead

Pro

I extend my uncontested argument
HorizontalCross

Con

HorizontalCross forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
HorizontalCross

Con

HorizontalCross forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by HorizontalCross 2 years ago
HorizontalCross
Apologies for my acceptance not being directly stated. I am new to the meta of the site. On the bright side, this allows the debate to progress rapidly.

I suppose I "jumped into the fray" rather quickly.
Posted by Zacharias 2 years ago
Zacharias
Well @/>#*- in a camles @[~#<*/-%$"
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Vote Placed by DarthKirones 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro stated that words are only as bad as you think they are. Con rather tried to prove that defining words as swears is done collectively rather then individually. I think that if Con had continued he could have very well won. But he left Pro's arguments uncontested, and thus arguments and conduct go to Pro.
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Reasons for voting decision: Con's argument was more sound in saying there are bad words but different people have a different moral standard on which words are ok. Conduct to pro due con's forfeit.