Friday, May 27, 2011

Dirty Words

I often wonder exactly it is about a word that can make it so vulgar and offensive. The criteria always seem rather ambiguous. Take “fuck” for instance. “Fuck” is a rather versatile word that can take on various meanings and parts of speech, but it is perhaps the most looked down upon word in the English language. It is not the meaning of “fuck” that makes it unacceptable, because one can use another word such as “frick” or “freak,” or just use the letter “F” by itself, with the exact same intention and meaning as “fuck” and it will be completely acceptable. “Fuck” also can have strong sexual connotations, and we all know how touchy of a subject that can be, but describing the exact same things using any other word seems to be infinitely more acceptable, even with such words as “bang” and “plow” that don’t seem any more appropriate.  It’s also not as though other words that appear similar to “fuck” are offensive, as I doubt anyone would be offended by “duck” or “puck.” Well, maybe “buck” offends some people, because money also tends to be a sore subject. It appears that there’s just something about the letters F-U-C-K in succession that makes them so taboo. I don’t fucking get it.

26 comments:

  1. thats what i told my teacher. she didnt take it so well

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  2. Nah... Swearing shouldn't be taken so seriously...

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  3. Dude, its human made... there is no objective rules to something like a slur

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  4. @phosports something similar happened to me

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  5. yeah somepeople completely overreact when they hear swear words

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  6. i think they have become so overused that they rarely offend anymore

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  7. Wow man, I just read 15 lines of nothing.

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  8. The reason people find it so offensive is because parents and mentors have taught us to avoid bad words at all costs... and fuck just happens to be the word that parents and guardians hate the most, thus, it is chiseled in our mind to avoid and despise the word.

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  9. I suppose it all depends in what nature the word is used.

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  10. Yeah I I wish people would realize that it is the emotion and thought behind a word, not the word itself, that gives it meaning

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  11. It's the feelings that we (not as individuals but as a whole) already have about the word, which we help continue/perpetuate, that give it the power.

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  12. ^^ as stated above is a human construct. Just its connotation is negative, so people take offense/created a taboo for it.

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  13. The whole concepts of swear words is very interesting, I have no idea how these things came about.

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  14. I don't give a flying fuck if some motherfucker thinks fuck is a fucking bad word. They can fuck my fucking cock for all I fucking care.

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  15. i dont understand that. vuglar words sucks

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  16. Ha ha I often think about this as well. I don't get it.

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  17. No sense in pondering it, I suppose.

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  18. I've been saying the same thing for ages. Who decided that certain words were ok, yet others arent. I blame religion tbh.

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  19. I don't understand why "vulgar" words offend people. THEY'RE JUST WORDS. Now, Cu** is a derogatory, so words like that I can see being offensive..but shit? Fuck?

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  20. Haha wow I can totally relate to what you're saying. I wrote a topic about Langauge discussing this very concept.

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  21. Profanity is rightfull and functional piece of any language it has difficult role to expres some of less gentle emotions in vocal. Of course they are overused sometimes but i don't really understand people that feel angry when someone cruses NEAR them not AT them.

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  22. honestly to me words aren't "bad" by themselves. it's only until you give them a context that they can become offensive. so yeah fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck.........fuck what? nothing....

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