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#918944 - 12/04/04 08:26 AM Re: Swearing!
Mozart1969 Offline
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Registered: 03/18/04
Posts: 276
Loc: Stresa, Italy
I've always wondered why swear words are almost always the first words we learn of a foreign language......

I don't swear much because I just find it not very nice, however, every know and again, these are the only appropriate words in certain situations. Recently I've had to refrain from using a few in another forum here!
Je lieber moecht'ich in Himmel sein!

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#918945 - 12/04/04 11:31 AM Re: Swearing!
Renauda Offline
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Registered: 04/16/02
Posts: 5066
Because they often consist of one syllable and are emphasized in speech. In otherwords, they are easily heard and stand out in a sentence.
"The older the fiddle, the sweeter the music"~ Augustus McCrae

#918946 - 12/05/04 12:51 PM Re: Swearing!
teachum Offline
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Registered: 05/19/04
Posts: 2918
Loc: idaho
I agree with the principle "everything in its place". At home and can say what I ________(you decide) please. I'm sure many in my profession would be appalled if they heard me, but oh, well. It's my home! But in public, it's not polite and I'm big on manners.

My husband and I are always saying "ok - no swearing and the first one who does gets a sock in the arm " NEver works - bruised arms. \:D
You will be 10 years older, ten years from now, no matter what you do - so go for it!

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#918947 - 12/06/04 11:42 AM Re: Swearing!
sarah_blueparrot Offline
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Registered: 10/18/04
Posts: 808
Loc: Bristol, England
I think swearing is unnecessarily uncouth and rude and there is always a different word.

I can always manage to use other words in my vocabulary that aren't offensive to others.

However, saying that, I agree with Nina - I too do not swear a lot, so when/if I do it is very effective.
Every time you play a funeral march, the devil grabs a soul.

#918948 - 12/06/04 12:55 PM Re: Swearing!
Nina Offline
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Registered: 08/13/01
Posts: 6467
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Originally posted by Cindysphinx:
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!

Yes... and there is nothing, I repeat nothing tackier IMO than hearing a little kid use bad language. I don't let my kids say "butthead," much less the real stuff.

#918949 - 12/06/04 02:48 PM Re: Swearing!
sarah_blueparrot Offline
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Registered: 10/18/04
Posts: 808
Loc: Bristol, England
Mum washed my mouth out with soap when I was little for telling brother Phillip to 'shut up'! That told me!
Every time you play a funeral march, the devil grabs a soul.

#918950 - 12/06/04 02:51 PM Re: Swearing!
kenny Offline
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Registered: 05/29/01
Posts: 7051
Do all countries/languages have forbidden words.
If so, are they all related to sex and waste elimination and religion?

Why all the guilt?
Why not allow all expression?

#918951 - 12/06/04 04:21 PM Re: Swearing!
MusicMagellan Offline
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Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 1161
Loc: NY
As I'm sure many of you know, George Carlin has a notable opinion on this subject.

I agree about the effectiveness of an occasional swear word in the right situation.

At the same time, growing up in the streets of Brooklyn achieved its indelible programming. If I'm with a certain kind of crowd, especially in a setting like a football stadium or a sports bar, the spigot opens and the blue words flow all too effortlessly. And it feels so good! ;\)
(watch this space)

#918952 - 12/06/04 07:16 PM Re: Swearing!
Matt G. Offline
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Registered: 06/22/01
Posts: 3789
Loc: Plainfield, IL
Originally posted by Jerry Luke:
Perhaps those who cannot find a better form of expression should spend some time consulting a thesaurus.[/b]
Who the f**k needs a g**-***ned thesaurus? My vocabulary isn't just a bunch of s**t, you know!

Sorry, couldn't resist! \:D :p \:D :p

(As my grandmother used to say, "I can make sailors[/b] blush!")
Sacred cows make the best hamburger. - Clemens

#918953 - 12/06/04 10:00 PM Re: Swearing!
Jerry Luke Offline
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Registered: 09/15/04
Posts: 969
Loc: Tillamook, Oregon
I whipped out my handy thesaurus and did a quick, G-rated translation of Matt G's statement:

Who the heck[/b] needs a darned[/b] thesaurus? My vocabulary isn't just a bunch of junk[/b], you know! \:D
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