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The History of Profane Language
Posted 3/14/10
I often wonder about the origins of vulgar language and think that it is an interesting subject.

Take the word shit. We have seen it used back in the Middle Ages as the word shyte. The f-word has numerous sources, and is of Germanic origin. Minor profane language such as ass, damn, hell, and bastard are simply derived from ordinary words.

Even some languages don't exactly have profanity, so they borrow from others.

A rather intellectually stimulating topic.
Posted 3/14/10
Here's a fun fact, the Japanese language has the least number of profanity in the known verbal language system. But that's because their culture was constructed so that they can make someone to "loose face" without them being openly aggressive. In other words, passive aggressive behaviors is at its core of the Japanese collectivist culture.
Posted 3/14/10

DomFortress wrote:

Here's a fun fact, the Japanese language has the least number of profanity in the known verbal language system. But that's because their culture was constructed so that they can make someone to "loose face" without them being openly aggressive. In other words, passive aggressive behaviors is at its core of the Japanese collectivist culture.


I figured that Japanese had the fewest expletives. They are very big on decency.
Posted 3/14/10

bitter_nail wrote:


DomFortress wrote:

Here's a fun fact, the Japanese language has the least number of profanity in the known verbal language system. But that's because their culture was constructed so that they can make someone to "loose face" without them being openly aggressive. In other words, passive aggressive behaviors is at its core of the Japanese collectivist culture.


I figured that Japanese had the fewest expletives. They are very big on decency.
More like big on an illusion of decency, when any indecent act of entitlement can go for the right price.
Posted 3/14/10

DomFortress wrote:


bitter_nail wrote:


DomFortress wrote:

Here's a fun fact, the Japanese language has the least number of profanity in the known verbal language system. But that's because their culture was constructed so that they can make someone to "loose face" without them being openly aggressive. In other words, passive aggressive behaviors is at its core of the Japanese collectivist culture.


I figured that Japanese had the fewest expletives. They are very big on decency.
More like big on an illusion of decency, when any indecent act of entitlement can go for the right price.


Decency, as it goes in business. So watching one's tongue whether or not they are decent helps things go more smoothly.
Posted 3/14/10

bitter_nail wrote:


DomFortress wrote:


bitter_nail wrote:


DomFortress wrote:

Here's a fun fact, the Japanese language has the least number of profanity in the known verbal language system. But that's because their culture was constructed so that they can make someone to "loose face" without them being openly aggressive. In other words, passive aggressive behaviors is at its core of the Japanese collectivist culture.


I figured that Japanese had the fewest expletives. They are very big on decency.
More like big on an illusion of decency, when any indecent act of entitlement can go for the right price.


Decency, as it goes in business. So watching one's tongue whether or not they are decent helps things go more smoothly.
For any profanity can go down one's throat smoothly, when one hid one's intention well.

Therefore in the Japanese society, there's no room for honesty and transparency. Due to its cultural influence of a disparity with an individual's inner vs outer self.

Funny how a lack of profanity in the Japanese language system can leads to so much Japanese social phenomenons.
Posted 3/14/10

DomFortress wrote:


bitter_nail wrote:


DomFortress wrote:


bitter_nail wrote:


DomFortress wrote:

Here's a fun fact, the Japanese language has the least number of profanity in the known verbal language system. But that's because their culture was constructed so that they can make someone to "loose face" without them being openly aggressive. In other words, passive aggressive behaviors is at its core of the Japanese collectivist culture.


I figured that Japanese had the fewest expletives. They are very big on decency.
More like big on an illusion of decency, when any indecent act of entitlement can go for the right price.


Decency, as it goes in business. So watching one's tongue whether or not they are decent helps things go more smoothly.
For any profanity can go down one's throat smoothly, when one hid one's intention well.

Therefore in the Japanese society, there's no room for honesty and transparency. Due to its cultural influence of a disparity with an individual's inner vs outer self.

Funny how a lack of profanity in the Japanese language system can leads to so much Japanese social phenomenons.


Much of what we've come to enjoy today is all thanks to people taking an unoffensive approach. We can't expect to go around spouting inappropriate language and still hope to succeed, unless of course you are a comedian, for instance.
Posted 3/14/10 , edited 3/14/10

bitter_nail wrote:


DomFortress wrote:


bitter_nail wrote:


DomFortress wrote:


bitter_nail wrote:


DomFortress wrote:

Here's a fun fact, the Japanese language has the least number of profanity in the known verbal language system. But that's because their culture was constructed so that they can make someone to "loose face" without them being openly aggressive. In other words, passive aggressive behaviors is at its core of the Japanese collectivist culture.


I figured that Japanese had the fewest expletives. They are very big on decency.
More like big on an illusion of decency, when any indecent act of entitlement can go for the right price.


Decency, as it goes in business. So watching one's tongue whether or not they are decent helps things go more smoothly.
For any profanity can go down one's throat smoothly, when one hid one's intention well.

Therefore in the Japanese society, there's no room for honesty and transparency. Due to its cultural influence of a disparity with an individual's inner vs outer self.

Funny how a lack of profanity in the Japanese language system can leads to so much Japanese social phenomenons.


Much of what we've come to enjoy today is all thanks to people taking an unoffensive approach. We can't expect to go around spouting inappropriate language and still hope to succeed, unless of course you are a comedian, for instance.
Which subsequently makes them the most aggressive yet honest and decent folks around, especially when they became angry.
Posted 3/14/10

DomFortress wrote:


bitter_nail wrote:


DomFortress wrote:


bitter_nail wrote:


DomFortress wrote:


bitter_nail wrote:


DomFortress wrote:

Here's a fun fact, the Japanese language has the least number of profanity in the known verbal language system. But that's because their culture was constructed so that they can make someone to "loose face" without them being openly aggressive. In other words, passive aggressive behaviors is at its core of the Japanese collectivist culture.


I figured that Japanese had the fewest expletives. They are very big on decency.
More like big on an illusion of decency, when any indecent act of entitlement can go for the right price.


Decency, as it goes in business. So watching one's tongue whether or not they are decent helps things go more smoothly.
For any profanity can go down one's throat smoothly, when one hid one's intention well.

Therefore in the Japanese society, there's no room for honesty and transparency. Due to its cultural influence of a disparity with an individual's inner vs outer self.

Funny how a lack of profanity in the Japanese language system can leads to so much Japanese social phenomenons.


Much of what we've come to enjoy today is all thanks to people taking an unoffensive approach. We can't expect to go around spouting inappropriate language and still hope to succeed, unless of course you are a comedian, for instance.
Which subsequently makes them the most aggressive yet honest and decent folks around, especially when they became angry.


I wonder what the first profane word was in Japanese. Or even, the very first swear word. To curse is like a bad prayer hoping that a person be condemned to Hell with the word damn, so that has to be it. I have my doubts, though. Maybe the Egyptians or prehistoric peoples had profanity. Imagine a caveman coming up with swear words like "gronk" or "blorg." xD
Posted 3/14/10 , edited 3/14/10

bitter_nail wrote:



I wonder what the first profane word was in Japanese. Or even, the very first swear word. To curse is like a bad prayer hoping that a person be condemned to Hell with the word damn, so that has to be it. I have my doubts, though. Maybe the Egyptians or prehistoric peoples had profanity. Imagine a caveman coming up with swear words like "gronk" or "blorg." xD
I object with all honesty.
Posted 3/14/10

DomFortress wrote:


bitter_nail wrote:



I wonder what the first profane word was in Japanese. Or even, the very first swear word. To curse is like a bad prayer hoping that a person be condemned to Hell with the word damn, so that has to be it. I have my doubts, though. Maybe the Egyptians or prehistoric peoples had profanity. Imagine a caveman coming up with swear words like "gronk" or "blorg." xD
I object with all honestly.


D'oh has been an official word in the English language for quite a while, so I will say yes to that.
Posted 3/14/10 , edited 3/14/10

bitter_nail wrote:


DomFortress wrote:


bitter_nail wrote:



I wonder what the first profane word was in Japanese. Or even, the very first swear word. To curse is like a bad prayer hoping that a person be condemned to Hell with the word damn, so that has to be it. I have my doubts, though. Maybe the Egyptians or prehistoric peoples had profanity. Imagine a caveman coming up with swear words like "gronk" or "blorg." xD
I object with all honestly.


D'oh has been an official word in the English language for quite a while, so I will say yes to that.
Now back to profanity for its own sake, which is open aggression for all its worth. There are certain individuals that would even find some cultural influence to be profanity by nature, thereby the phrase which symbolizes it can be considered as profanity by those said individuals. For example:

I like it when the beat goes da na da na
Baby make your booty go da na da na
Girl I know you wanna show da na da na
That thong th thong thong thong
I like it when the beat goes da na da na
Baby make your booty go da na da na
Girl I know you wanna show da na da na
That thong th thong thong thong
For the radical advocates of the Islamic faith VS thong, I rest my case.
Posted 3/14/10

DomFortress wrote:


bitter_nail wrote:


DomFortress wrote:


bitter_nail wrote:



I wonder what the first profane word was in Japanese. Or even, the very first swear word. To curse is like a bad prayer hoping that a person be condemned to Hell with the word damn, so that has to be it. I have my doubts, though. Maybe the Egyptians or prehistoric peoples had profanity. Imagine a caveman coming up with swear words like "gronk" or "blorg." xD
I object with all honestly.


D'oh has been an official word in the English language for quite a while, so I will say yes to that.
Now back to profanity for its own sake, which is open aggression for all its worth. There are certain individuals that would even find some cultural influence to be profanity by nature, thereby the phrase which symbolizes it can be considered as profanity by those said individuals. For example:

I like it when the beat goes da na da na
Baby make your booty go da na da na
Girl I know you wanna show da na da na
That thong th thong thong thong
I like it when the beat goes da na da na
Baby make your booty go da na da na
Girl I know you wanna show da na da na
That thong th thong thong thong
For the radical advocates of the Islamic faith with thong, I rest my case.


I remember when that song became such a huge hit. I was in high school, actually. The word thong can certainly be traced back to some very archaic origins since we've worn many garments like that. Sumo wrestlers certainly have the most impressive thongs, but we will not go into detail. I don't want to have to stab out my own eyes. I'd say that the word thong can have more profane mental imagery attributed to it than so many other words do. It all depends on the person.
Posted 3/14/10 , edited 3/14/10

bitter_nail wrote:


DomFortress wrote:


bitter_nail wrote:


DomFortress wrote:


bitter_nail wrote:



I wonder what the first profane word was in Japanese. Or even, the very first swear word. To curse is like a bad prayer hoping that a person be condemned to Hell with the word damn, so that has to be it. I have my doubts, though. Maybe the Egyptians or prehistoric peoples had profanity. Imagine a caveman coming up with swear words like "gronk" or "blorg." xD
I object with all honestly.


D'oh has been an official word in the English language for quite a while, so I will say yes to that.
Now back to profanity for its own sake, which is open aggression for all its worth. There are certain individuals that would even find some cultural influence to be profanity by nature, thereby the phrase which symbolizes it can be considered as profanity by those said individuals. For example:

I like it when the beat goes da na da na
Baby make your booty go da na da na
Girl I know you wanna show da na da na
That thong th thong thong thong
I like it when the beat goes da na da na
Baby make your booty go da na da na
Girl I know you wanna show da na da na
That thong th thong thong thong
For the radical advocates of the Islamic faith VS thong, I rest my case.


I remember when that song became such a huge hit. I was in high school, actually. The word thong can certainly be traced back to some very archaic origins since we've worn many garments like that. Sumo wrestlers certainly have the most impressive thongs, but we will not go into detail. I don't want to have to stab out my own eyes. I'd say that the word thong can have more profane mental imagery attributed to it than so many other words do. It all depends on the person.
As in most self-respecting Muslim individual will be caught dead wearing a thong, now that's Islamic justice in the face of profanity.

But naturally speaking, what's so wrong looking like this?

Aside from me personally applying vigorous mental discipline on the subject that is Borat, I would say that the overall result was rather pleasing.
Posted 3/14/10

DomFortress wrote:


bitter_nail wrote:


DomFortress wrote:


bitter_nail wrote:


DomFortress wrote:


bitter_nail wrote:



I wonder what the first profane word was in Japanese. Or even, the very first swear word. To curse is like a bad prayer hoping that a person be condemned to Hell with the word damn, so that has to be it. I have my doubts, though. Maybe the Egyptians or prehistoric peoples had profanity. Imagine a caveman coming up with swear words like "gronk" or "blorg." xD
I object with all honestly.


D'oh has been an official word in the English language for quite a while, so I will say yes to that.
Now back to profanity for its own sake, which is open aggression for all its worth. There are certain individuals that would even find some cultural influence to be profanity by nature, thereby the phrase which symbolizes it can be considered as profanity by those said individuals. For example:

I like it when the beat goes da na da na
Baby make your booty go da na da na
Girl I know you wanna show da na da na
That thong th thong thong thong
I like it when the beat goes da na da na
Baby make your booty go da na da na
Girl I know you wanna show da na da na
That thong th thong thong thong
For the radical advocates of the Islamic faith VS thong, I rest my case.


I remember when that song became such a huge hit. I was in high school, actually. The word thong can certainly be traced back to some very archaic origins since we've worn many garments like that. Sumo wrestlers certainly have the most impressive thongs, but we will not go into detail. I don't want to have to stab out my own eyes. I'd say that the word thong can have more profane mental imagery attributed to it than so many other words do. It all depends on the person.
As in most self-respecting Muslim individual will be caught dead wearing a thong, now that's justice in the face of profanity.

But naturally speaking, what's so wrong looking like this?

Aside from me personally applying vigorous mental discipline on the subject that is Borat, I would say that the overall result was rather pleasing.


A 4/1 ration is better than other possibilities. LOL!
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