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#918914 - 12/03/04 11:24 AM Swearing!
ycul Offline
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Or cursing as you lot call it. ;\)
Opinions?
I can't stand hearing people swear in the street, especially kids.
Now I LOVE swearing. I swear a lot at home and with people I know won't be offended. It's part of how I express myself and I think certain words deserve a lot of credit for a: the multiplicity of situations in which they are appropriate e.g. sudden physical pain etc and b: the pure sound they make when uttered regardless of their meaning.
Having said all this, because of my upbringing I would never dream of inflicting my industrial language on any unsuspecting member of the GP.
Any thoughts?
And no ***!!$& in the replies please. ;\) \:D
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#918915 - 12/03/04 11:26 AM Re: Swearing!
kenny Offline
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There are times when *no* other word will express the strength of what you feel.

Why all the guilt?

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#918916 - 12/03/04 11:28 AM Re: Swearing!
jodi Offline
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Yes, I don't like hearing it much either. But sometimes it feels awful good to just let those words out. Double standard, I know.

\:\) jodi

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#918917 - 12/03/04 11:50 AM Re: Swearing!
Eusebius Offline
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Certain situations just require swearing. Like last Sunday when I was stuck in a four-hour traffic jam on I-70 in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, and it was snowing, and I had to pee in front of a mile-long stretch of cars, and when I finally got to a town all the restaurants were closed, and, and .... &*&#&@# *@(@# @#(@*#(*
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#918918 - 12/03/04 11:52 AM Re: Swearing!
kenny Offline
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Maybe swear words are prayers for atheists?

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#918919 - 12/03/04 11:57 AM Re: Swearing!
Eusebius Offline
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 Quote:
Maybe swear words are prayers for atheists?
:D

And while the Christians clasp their hands, we have a somewhat different gesture...
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#918920 - 12/03/04 11:59 AM Re: Swearing!
CrashTest Offline
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kenny, not exactly. God answers prayers, but sends the cursing atheists straight to eternal damnantion!

(Without purgatory too.)

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#918921 - 12/03/04 12:01 PM Re: Swearing!
ycul Offline
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I don't know if I'd call it guilt. It's more a case of sticking to the principle of a place for everything and everything in it's place I guess. :rolleyes:
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#918922 - 12/03/04 12:12 PM Re: Swearing!
Ballyhoo Offline
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I don't understand why swear words are considered offensive.

Why is the "S-word" offensive, but the words "spit", "skit", "shot" and "shut" are not? And "faeces" is not?

It makes no sense to me.

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#918923 - 12/03/04 12:14 PM Re: Swearing!
Eusebius Offline
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Maybe it's 'cause you're in Australia? Here in America we still suffer hang-ups over stupid sh...err...stuff.
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#918924 - 12/03/04 12:15 PM Re: Swearing!
Stevester Offline
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While working as a pilot I spent 3 days flying with a man who used a certain profanity on a regular basis. After that trip I quit swearing, I find it very demeaning.
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#918925 - 12/03/04 12:20 PM Re: Swearing!
Christopher James Quinn Offline
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Registered: 12/15/03
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 Quote:
Originally posted by kenny:
There are times when *no* other word will express the strength of what you feel.
[/b]
Yes, like every other sentence for me.

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#918926 - 12/03/04 12:24 PM Re: Swearing!
Ballyhoo Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Eusebius:
Maybe it's 'cause you're in Australia? Here in America we still suffer hang-ups over stupid sh...err...stuff. [/b]
No, it isn't that. Swearing is considered offensive by many Australians, and almost everyone knows it's inappropriate in certain situations.

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#918927 - 12/03/04 12:25 PM Re: Swearing!
Christopher James Quinn Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Eusebius:
Maybe it's 'cause you're in Australia? Here in America we still suffer hang-ups over stupid sh...err...stuff. [/b]
Definitely a cultural thing, I've used the F word three times a minute since I was a kid. I've talked that way in front of my Mother since I was 17 or so. I've used the word in front of Commissioners at work. It's just a matter of knowing whether someone would be offended. Few people I know are. It's part of the idiom where I come from.

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#918928 - 12/03/04 12:33 PM Re: Swearing!
ycul Offline
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CJQ:
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Definitely a cultural thing, I've used the F word three times a minute since I was a kid. I've talked that way in front of my Mother since I was 17 or so. I've used the word in front of Commissioners at work. It's just a matter of knowing weather someone would be offended. Few people I know are. It's part of the idiom where I come from.
Right! I'm on the next flight over. \:D
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#918929 - 12/03/04 01:32 PM Re: Swearing!
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 Quote:
Originally posted by CJQ:
It's part of the idiom where I come from. [/b]
Aaaaaaa... forgit abot it.... ;\)
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#918930 - 12/03/04 02:30 PM Re: Swearing!
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I don't like cursing, I think it is a bit crude, unless it is humorous. I let anything slide for humor!

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#918931 - 12/03/04 03:14 PM Re: Swearing!
Renauda Offline
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Depends on the person I suppose. When I was a kid our next door neighbour was a London Cockney. He cursed and swore all the time. Didn't matter what he said or who was present. It was how he swore that made all the difference. He made swearing his art of communication.
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#918932 - 12/03/04 03:37 PM Re: Swearing!
ycul Offline
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Renauda, if he was a cockney couldn't we safely assume he was from London? ;\)

P.S. Sounds like my partner's Dad btw. :rolleyes:
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#918933 - 12/03/04 04:09 PM Re: Swearing!
Freedom Offline
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I don't like swearing one bit. (or smoking, but this is the only graemlin I could find \:\) )
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#918934 - 12/03/04 04:15 PM Re: Swearing!
Nina Offline
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Loc: Phoenix, AZ
I'm not a big swearing fan... so when I do, people really stand up and take notice! That by itself is a great argument to keep it to a minimum.

I do have a weak spot for swearing while driving, though. Don't know why that is....

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#918935 - 12/03/04 04:26 PM Re: Swearing!
Christopher James Quinn Offline
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Registered: 12/15/03
Posts: 2299
 Quote:
Originally posted by ycul:
Right! I'm on the next flight over. \:D [/b]
OK, hun, I'm always ready to learn some new 'swears'... (BTW, I use "English" swears too. I'm particularly fond of the "W--ker" word..)

\:D

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#918936 - 12/03/04 04:29 PM Re: Swearing!
Christopher James Quinn Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Improviso:
 Quote:
Originally posted by CJQ:
It's part of the idiom where I come from. [/b]
Aaaaaaa... forgit abot it.... ;\) [/b]
Go ahead,I can take it \:D

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#918937 - 12/03/04 08:40 PM Re: Swearing!
Renauda Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by ycul:
Renauda, if he was a cockney couldn't we safely assume he was from London? ;\)

[/b]
;) 'at's b'tween you 'an me luv. i' t'was fo' ben'fit o'f 'thers 'ere. ;\) ;\) Apples 'n pears goes up the stairs....
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#918938 - 12/03/04 10:00 PM Re: Swearing!
Jerry Luke Offline
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IMHO, swearing indicates one or both of the following:

1. Below-average intelligence
2. An inadequate vocabulary

Perhaps those who cannot find a better form of expression should spend some time consulting a thesaurus.
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#918939 - 12/03/04 10:24 PM Re: Swearing!
ny1911 Offline
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I don't know if I'd go that far Jerry. You can't use other words in all situations to convey certain emotions. The calculated use of curse words may in fact be an example of higher intelligence.

Of course if you simply swear every other word, the effectiveness is lost. But when someone who never swears lets one fly...everybody tunes in.
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#918940 - 12/03/04 10:27 PM Re: Swearing!
Jerry Luke Offline
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Point well-taken, ny1911. \:\)
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#918941 - 12/04/04 07:20 AM Re: Swearing!
Nina Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Christopher James Quinn:
 Quote:
Originally posted by ycul:
Right! I'm on the next flight over. \:D [/b]
OK, hun, I'm always ready to learn some new 'swears'... (BTW, I use "English" swears too. I'm particularly fond of the "W--ker" word..)

\:D [/b]
Yes, a personal favorite. Why is it that curses and phrases from other cultures are so great?

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#918942 - 12/04/04 08:09 AM Re: Swearing!
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I don't swear at all, but it's part of a Grand Strategy. If you normally don't swear, people tremble in fear when you do let 'er rip, as they assume you are in a homicidal rage.

Works for me! ;\)
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#918943 - 12/04/04 08:25 AM Re: Swearing!
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Oh, and if you have kids and swear at all in front of them (or expose them to media with lots of swearing), they will eventually accidently let one fly in front of a teacher or parish priest or -- gasp! -- another parent!

Being excommunicated from the church I could live with. Being excommunicated from the community of Kids I Want My Kids To Befriend would be devastating.
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