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I want to see what people here think about swearing.

Do you think it's harmless? Should people refrain from swearing?

Do tell.
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Don't overdo it is all.
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If a teen would use words in a circumstance you're in, don't do it!
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There's a time and place for everything.
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As a kid it bothered me, now everyone does it all the time I couldn't care less. It's like swear words have lost any meaning or weight with how frequently they are used now.
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Its not very nice, theres really no need for curse words unless you are putting emphasis on something.
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My grammar teacher used to say 'situation makes the language', and I think it applies here. I swear a lot, but in certain situations I WILL refrain from doing it. Who you're with and where you're at matter.
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PumaConcolor wrote:

My grammar teacher used to say 'situation makes the language', and I think it applies here. I swear a lot, but in certain situations I WILL refrain from doing it. Who you're with and where you're at matter.


^ This is a good answer. ^

Swear words (and words in general) are harmless on their own, it's their connotation that causes people grief. Most of the time people swear because they're trying to cope with pain or to vent anger and frustration. People also swear when they're insulting someone even though the insult could be accomplished without the use of swear words (it just might not be as effective). Because of the feelings that these words hold, depending on their situational use they seem to amplify the potency of the message the user is trying to get across, whether it be for humor, pain, or pleasure.


“There is no such thing as a dirty word. Nor is there a word so powerful, that it's going to send the listener to the lake of fire upon hearing it.”
― Frank Zappa
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I don't mind it.
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There are a number of people in my area who take it to extremes. Once on a local bus I overheard a loud phone conversation where almost every word was an expletive. Out of boredom I started a game of how many words in a row the guy could string together before swearing. Unfortunately he only ever got to 3.

Here is a censored example of the sort of things he was saying:

I'm on the F bus going F town. Gotta F cash my F cheque.
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I find swearing useless these day, children now start swearing at like 6.
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Some people use swears as a delay word so they can fill silence with something other than um while they decide on their next word. People build a habit of overusing or redundantly using all kinds of words. That's something to avoid as it doesn't really add any communicative value to what you are saying and in some cases reflects poorly on the speaker.

Outside of this swears are just words. If you get to focused on if a word is bad or not then you've misunderstood how words and situations work, it often takes more than one piece of the puzzle to make up reality. On one hand I want to say words should have no power, you should be able to say what you want, wherever and people should then be able to say whatever they want back. But I also admit then that words are not powerless. Words can and do lead to or tell of actions to come in some cases. but either way I still stand by this, focusing too much on the word alone will lead to losing sight of the ever important context in which the word is being used.
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What particularly bothers me is when people inexperienced with swearing embarrass themselves with how badly they incorporate them.
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i think there are circumstances where it isn't appropriate, but outside of those situations i don't really care
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