Unfortunately, I would have to say that yes, swear words have lost their shock value. I remember when I was younger, even saying "hell" in school was enough to get you detention. Nowadays, kids say much worse words than that in school and completely get away with it. Also, the increase of the usage of swear words in media have been making more and more people desensitized to them. It's no big deal to really anyone anymore. It's hard to find songs or movies nowadays that don't have some form of curse word in them.
They absolutely have lost their shock value in my mind. I mean, when I have to drop f-bombs to get somebody to look at me funny, then you know that things have changed. When I was a kid, just saying "hell" was enough to get you a look from just about every person in the room. It was just something you didn't do.
These days, the occasional curse word in every day situations isn't going to raise that much of an issue. Most people just don't care, anymore, and you'll find that people under about thirty can cuss like sailors without so much as even batting an eye.
Somewhere between social media and real life people have been cursing so much that there is not much shock value left. It seems like a lot of the younger population has to fill a quota of using a curse word in each sentence. While losing their shock value the words have also lost their main purpose which is to draw attention, we have cried wolf too much evidently.
Today's typical use of curse words are now trendy. We playfully call women out of their names in an affectionate or friendly manner instead of it purely being an insult. We use foul language as slang not only to express anger, but also humor. Bad language is common place to express frustration and part of witty commentary.
Words over time lose their shock value and evolve into simple interjections or adjectives. Last century the word "sucks" would have been a profanity, but now it's just not nice to say.
It is the natural evolution of language. Language is meant to evolve, and they're all just words anyway. There is no evidence that a series of mouth sounds can "pervert a young mind."
Many people, including myself, constantly swear without even thinking about it. But the thing is, nobody cares. I have sworn in front of adults including my parents, grandparents, teachers, and church staff accidentally, and not one person said anything more than to "watch your language". As a teenager, I hear swearing on a daily basis...Probably even a minutely basis! While adults constantly rant about how something as simple as "hell" would have landed them in a lot of trouble as child, they do nothing about their kids swearing, and in most cases, are the ones who teach us the bad words.
Every day you hear kids saying F you or calling someone an A-hole, but that has lost its affect since it happens so often. You hear them everywhere you go. Your watching a movie and you hear one, you go to the store and you can hear one. People use them as if hey are regular words . It's getting a lot worse for teens also. High schools are full of kids cussing and just saying it to who ever and whatever
Once upon a time the cuss words such as the F-bomb or words degrading women were taboo for everyone. However, students such as myself often cannot walk down the halls without hearing a "colorful" word. The words have lost their meaning and instead are used as an adjective as common as the words "awesome" or "amazing." However, the few people that still do find them offensive are no longer concerned with the word. They see them as a part of their daily lives that cannot be removed. Even to the "non-swearing folk," the words have lost their shock value.
All kids these days have experienced someone using "colorful" language, whether it be in school, on the bus, at home, or with friends. We have all become accustomed to hearing swears in our everyday life. The younger population is starting to catch on, so swears have definitely lost their shock value.
Curse words have worked their way into our everyday lives. I hate it. My religion does not accept cursing, yet it is everywhere. I try to avoid it, but find it almost everywhere. It makes me feel that people are pulling away from God and his plan to let us all return to him.
When your grandparent, Do you become shocked? Of course! Just because curse words are used more often, Does not mean the words receive no reaction. Yes, It does depend on who is saying the word, But never the less many people do still become surprised when they hear cuss words.
Do you get shocked if one of you grandparents "cuss" in front of you for the first time? See, it all depends on who is saying the "cuss" words. Though I do totally agree that they has lost some value from the abuse of words. Am I right or what?
Even though some people may not say something to the person who is cursing the words still mean something bad. Most christians will say something to people who are cursing around them. Cursing is emoral to christians so when people say them they usually will tell them to not curse around them. So, to some people they still do have shock value.
When a well timed and appropriate curse word is used, and by the correct speaker, curse words can absolutely maintain their shock value. For example, after a little too much egg nog this Christmas, my grandmother let the mother of all f-bombs fly across the table, and we were all totally shocked.
No, Shock words have not lost their shock value. Let me ask you, When your grandparents or young cousin/brother or sister curses, Do you become shocked? YES! Just because cuss words are used more often, By a larger amount of people does not mean there is no reaction from society.