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Swearing, No big deal or just plain bad?
Do you cuss?
Do you ever cuss? If so, how much?
No, I don't cuss. [ 9 ]  [8.26%]
Yes, all the time. [ 26 ]  [23.85%]
Yes, but very rarley. [ 12 ]  [11.01%]
Yes, with some moderation. [ 33 ]  [30.28%]
Yes, with a lot of moderation. [ 12 ]  [11.01%]
Yes, but only when my parent's aren't around. [ 8 ]  [7.34%]
Yes, but only when I really want to get a point across. [ 9 ]  [8.26%]
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post Mar 19 2013, 11:51 PM
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i try to never cuss because it leaves more of an impression if you're able to get your heated point across without the use of foul language, but then again, they're just words so i never understood what made them "bad." i do cuss under my breath occasionally and i feel stupid, for some reason. and occasionally if i'm sleep-deprived i go into these horrible rages that feel almost demonic... but that's never in front of people.
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post May 11 2013, 06:46 AM
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I swear often, mostly in situations where I am annoyed, though I know I am likely swear in almost any situation. If you're going to judge me because I swear, then knock yourself out, it won't change my opinion of you. I do however, use a bit of self control when swearing. Often, I will censor myself when I know young children are around, and I also censor myself out in public, but not to the degree of being near young children. In public, swearing generally gets swapped with random but colourful strings of words such as "flaming nuggets on a unicycle", it's still clear that I'm displeased/surprised in a situation, but wouldn't be as inappropriate by those who consider swearing to be bad. When online, I'll only swear if extremely annoyed, and certainly not in a forum community.

I guess it depends how you were raised. Colourful language was a daily event when I was growing up, so I picked up those habits, even if swearing was punished. Just because I swore doesn't mean I was a delinquent. I was a primary school and sports team leader, and was able to hold a job which I later quit for unrelated reasons.

I don't think any less of people who swear, it's other language I disapprove of, which for the sake of staying on topic won't be clarified, other than stating it's inappropriate in almost every context.
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post May 13 2013, 02:36 AM
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I swear when I'm playing video games with friends and I just goofed

I also say "damn" "bastard" "god dammit" etc a lot


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post Oct 25 2013, 01:29 AM
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QUOTE(BarkAtTheMoon @ Aug 23 2011, 10:35 PM) *
I personally do not verbally curse, but I have been known to type them sometimes :/

Anyway, I do not care if someone else curses. They can say what they want.

I hate to say it, but you are wrong about the meaning of a word making it a curse. Its the CONTEXT. Two completely different things. Yes, some curses have become mangled over the years from something innocent to something crude, but you can turn any word into a curse. Darn, a nicer form of damn, is still a curse in context. You are just swapping one word for another. Same difference. I realize this statement kinda contradicts my first sentence but whatever.

YES. This guy right here. This guy knows what he's talking about.

I cuss often, but not just to be vulgar. I say those words because they're, well, just words.

I just find it weird that on TV shows you can graphically depict someone dying or dissolving a body in acid, but if you say the word "fuck", it has to be censored. Seems like a whole lotta hoopla about nothing to me.


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post Oct 25 2013, 03:31 AM
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At home, I swear like a truck driver. It's common vocabulary and I rarely go a minute without swearing at some point. I live with my mother, and she is the same. For many 'country' Australians, you're raised on swearing. As a child you're taught the word 'bloody' and 'bugger', though they're not swear words, but it desensitises us. By the time you reach double digits, you hear swearing almost all the time. You're still taught that you're too young to say it yourself, but you still hear it and get use to it. By the time you're an adult, it's common day vocabulary.

However, there's a time and a place. At home's fine. Everyone there is comfortable with it. At work, I wouldn't be caught dead swearing. No matter how natural swearing is at home, once you're in public it seems to just drop from the vocabulary.

I think what makes swearing 'wrong' in a sense, is how it's used. I can swear at my family and friends, and it would be considered a friendly jest. We call each other 'dickhead', 'fuckwit', all the sorts. It's normal and considered 'okay' amongst close people. However, if you use those same words in anger, it's a completely different matter. What makes a word offensive isn't what you say, but how, where, and to whom you say it. Keeping in mind, I don't mean racial, homophobic, or mental disability slurs. I find them crude, unnecessary, and small minded in any situation.


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post Oct 31 2013, 01:12 PM
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QUOTE(DocWorth @ Oct 25 2013, 08:31 AM) *
At home, I swear like a truck driver. It's common vocabulary and I rarely go a minute without swearing at some point. I live with my mother, and she is the same. For many 'country' Australians, you're raised on swearing. As a child you're taught the word 'bloody' and 'bugger', though they're not swear words, but it desensitises us. By the time you reach double digits, you hear swearing almost all the time. You're still taught that you're too young to say it yourself, but you still hear it and get use to it. By the time you're an adult, it's common day vocabulary.

However, there's a time and a place. At home's fine. Everyone there is comfortable with it. At work, I wouldn't be caught dead swearing. No matter how natural swearing is at home, once you're in public it seems to just drop from the vocabulary.

I think what makes swearing 'wrong' in a sense, is how it's used. I can swear at my family and friends, and it would be considered a friendly jest. We call each other 'dickhead', 'fuckwit', all the sorts. It's normal and considered 'okay' amongst close people. However, if you use those same words in anger, it's a completely different matter. What makes a word offensive isn't what you say, but how, where, and to whom you say it. Keeping in mind, I don't mean racial, homophobic, or mental disability slurs. I find them crude, unnecessary, and small minded in any situation.


THIS WHOLE POST FROM DOCWORTH RIGHT HERE.

I am atrocious for swearing. I pretty much swear in every sentence I say. I grew up hearing my parents swearing A LOT, but they always taught me that it was bad for me to swear at my young age, and I actually used to tell them off whenever they swore. Even now, when I'm 24, they don't like hearing me swear, even though there is nothing they can do about it because I am legally an adult (I say this because I would still rather stop in playing Pokémon than go clubbing with my girly friends xD).

But I work with the public (I'm a supervisor in a shop, not a hooker, before anyone thinks that :P It's happened before, I wouldn't doubt it happening again hahahaa), so you never catching me swearing on the shop floor in front of the customers. Back in the warehouse, away from the customers, and if there's no one in the shop however... that's another matter xD But also, if something goes wrong for me(I drop something on the floor, accidentally break something, click a wrong button on the till etc), I can usually tell I want to swear, so I switch out the swear for something else. "Fiddlesticks" is my favourite at the moment. It's like, everyone will know I wanted to swear, but I didn't and therefore couldn't offend anyone wink.gif

My 16 year-old-sister swears, my boyfriend swears, my boyfriend's Mother swears, and good God, she is the worst for it. My sister, boyfriend and I actually swear at each other. In jest, of course. We're always calling each other "dickhead", "knobhead", "w*nker", "f*ckwit", and the like. Sometimes it's even worse than that. My sister's current one is "dickwaffle". When I find out what a dickwaffle is, I will let you know.

I never swear in front of little kids, though. I see those sort of parents in the street that don't just swear in front of their kids (which can be okay, if you're teaching them that it's wrong for them to be doing the same, just like my parents did), but actually swear AT their kids. Swearing offhandedly in front of them and actually swearing at them are completely different. Kids are more likely to think it's okay for them to swear at other people if their parents are swearing at them.

But as DocWorth said, what makes swearing is offensive is how/where/to whom it's used. You could drop something and be like "oh, fuck", and it's unlikely anyone would care. But as soon as you've said to someone "oh, fuck off", it's taken in a completely different way.


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post Nov 5 2013, 05:40 PM
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I agree with the last two people. I swear all the time, and I find it immature and obnoxious when people say "oh wow, u swore, thts such bad words, ur going 2 H-E-double hockeystick for that"- which may be considered ironic, as some people claim swearing itself is immature, but whatever. On the internet, I still swear, but on this site in particular, I try to avoid swearing except while ranting or roleplaying. However, I don't think the word "faggot" will ever seem okay to me in any context; there are too many friends of friends and stories on the news of people committing suicide over that word for it to be considered acceptable, even jokingly. However, I have no problem with the word "fuck" or anything tied to it (I use it all the time, so how could I?). It does bug me that my parents will catch me using some little swear word and gasp like they're a nine-year-old, then when telling a story or mad they will drop curses like they didn't just yell at me over it. In fact, once I was watching a movie with my mom and at an intense scene, I accidently slipped "god dammit", so my mom gasped, turned off the tv, and yelled at me for the next hour about what a horrible person I was for using the lord's name in vein (and she wonders why I don't want to be a part of her religion...).

I remember a few years ago or so, our next-door-neighbors (a brother and sister, the brother was about 6 or 7 at the time, and the sister must've been about ten) came over to hang out with me. About 30 minutes later, their dad knocked at the door and asked if they were there. I said yes, of course. He then opened our screen door, took a step or two into our house (uninvited... he must not be a vampire, I suppose) and began screaming at his kids to get their fucking asses over there, and a bunch of various profane words. Somehow I find entering someone else's house with no explanation and barely an invitation just to scream a bunch of profanity at your 2nd- and 4th-grade children while somebody else's kid/teen is right there, not to mention another adult is in the house, to be not right and downright rude.

So really, if you're not hurting somebody with the words (which doesn't really count, because you shouldn't hurt others with ANY words), then there is nothing wrong with swearing.


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post Nov 6 2013, 01:52 AM
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Update:

I swear a decent amount more than I did a month ago, I really hate it actually. While it's nice sometimes because it gets the intended effect across, doing it a lot nullifies the power of the word a hell of a lot, and saying there's no reason not to swear kinda ruins the point because the taboo effectively strengthens the word. I am not against swearing, don't get me wrong, but the emotion sounds fake and forced when it's filled to the brim with swearing.


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post Nov 6 2013, 09:23 PM
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Honestly, I think swearing is okay in conversation when used in good moderation to emphasize your point. People who curse excessively just look utterly stupid and uneducated to me.

Me, I try not to cuss too much, although it's been slipping more and more into my vocabulary since I started hanging out with more people who cuss. I wish I hadn't gotten into the habit. If I'm with someone I know doesn't like hearing swearing, I'll quit it for the time we're together. I hope I never get to the point where I can't control my own mouth. That wouldn't be good sad.gif


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I swear pretty frequently. I sometimes try not to, but that's more in the name of finding a more creative way of getting the same point across.

I see why it might be offensive in certain contexts, like telling someone to fuck off, but if all I did was yell "FUCK" because I died in Minecraft or something, then- even if it's excessive- I really don't see the big deal. Hell, with some words, like "ass" or "shit," I question the point of trying to censor them at all, especially since words like "butt" and "crap"- which convey the same thing- are allowed basically everywhere.


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I do it mostly to get a point across, or I'm feeling particularly passionate about something. If I see someone posting flaming/trolling/baiting, things of that nature, I tend to get a bit cursey.


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post Oct 15 2016, 05:09 PM
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I have no problem against swearing because honestly I swear like a sailor. I only put mild filters on when I'm around family and online on forum sites, but for me swearing is a way to express myself and has really just been integrated into my vocabulary. But I don't like it when people use fuck every other word. It's kinda tacky and moronic to be honest.


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I find no problem with swearing, since english is not my native language, i normally cuss with english words around people and nobody bats an eye, spanish swear words are strong and sound bad for people my age, so i just say them whenever i want my point to be clear or whenever im REALLY angry.

There are some "swear" words that i just hate (faggot, retard, etc.) and i hope they are just an edgy trend and die out soon


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There's a time and a place for swearing. When I'm in an environment where it's socially acceptable, I'll curse like a sailor. They're just words and I don't see any logical reason for people to take offense to them (besides the religious ones)*, but I'll restrain myself out of respect when I'm in a situation where it's inappropriate or where someone has specifically stated that it makes them uncomfortable. I don't even necessarily think "excessive" swearing is immature or tacky; it really depends on how it's being used. If someone's just trying to be as offensive as possible, then yeah, they need to grow up and tone it down. But I have an interest in linguistics, and let's face it, profanity is a remarkably versatile tool for conveying meaning. In that sense, I don't have a problem with it.

But, you know, respecting other people's sensitivities is more important to me in the long run. I hold back unless I know for sure that I'm speaking to people who don't mind.

*This does not include slurs. I am 800% against words whose primary or sole purpose is to degrade people based on personal identity. People who use that kind of language need to fuck off.


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i am fine with swearing. i can easily switch between swearing like a sailor around those i'm comfortable with and not swearing at all (such as when i'm with my parents, children, or other sensitive folks). there's even points where every other word i utter might be a swear. it all depends on context, i believe. swearing is absolutely fine, although due to the fact that there ARE people who don't like it, you need to be aware of who is around you. if you're swearing in situations where it is not acceptable, and you KNOW it's not acceptable, then and only then do i believe it rude. and i would say swearing in situations where you don't know whether it is or isn't acceptable should be done cautiously.

perhaps my biggest problem with the whole situation is when people are vehemently against swearing make up all sorts of bs about it. for example: swearing is immature, it's a sign of being stupid or having a small vocabulary. personally, i think having to "baby safe" what you say is more immature than just going ahead and saying whatever it is you wanted to say. again, there are situations in which to "baby-safe" conversations.... such as when children are around. but this is out of respect for others, not because of, i don't know. whatever anti-cursing folks think. idk.

and there have been studies that show that swearing is actually a sign of a more creative speaker, so that whole idea of those who swear do so because they don't have alternative words is, again, bullshit. if i meant something other than bullshit, then i would have said so. but no, i definitely meant it's bullshit.

as has been touched upon, swears are different than slurs. they hold different connotations and often different usages. most common swears and combinations of such are not used to target specific groups of people (though bitch and bastard can be debated in this respect, as well as slut and whore). if you're meaning to degrade a group of people or an individual by connecting them with qualities of a certain group of people, just don't. in fact, it also has been shown that where curses seem to correlate to higher creativity and larger vocabularies, slurs correlate to the opposite.

aND AS A VERY LATE THOUGHT that will not be neatly summed up: i think censoring words you obviously mean to say is stupid. if you're gonna type fuck, own it. own your potty mouth. if you aren't allowed to swear, saying f*ck isn't going to save you. you still said it and mean it. own ur goddamn profanity. own it.
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