#1
so in summer school today (yeah i failed geometric proofs so im in for that, laugh it up if you want, or just see how pointless geometric proofs are) so anyways i told a fellow classmate that i wasn't bull****ting her on a question with a ridicules answer, and my teacher got pissed at me, so im wondering why are swear words offensive to people? i find them as everyday words.
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#4
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For the same reason that the sky is blue.

Light scattering? i dont think so lol


edit... darn it you changed your answer.
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For the same reason that the Earth is round, TS.

Cause of gravitational forces? still dont think so lol.
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#5
Not sure. Still trying to figure that one out.

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#8
There are a lot of norms in our society that don't make sense, having "bad words" is one of them.

Words can't be bad, they're just words. Words can only be used to convey ideas, and it's the idea or the context that can be offensive, in which case any word can be used offensively. I think it's mostly the older generations that have it set in there minds since childhood that swear words sound dirty or offensive.

People should check out the video of Frank Zappa on Crossfire back in the 80's, it's a great video, Frank just owns a bunch of morons who want to push censorship of music on the country.
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#9
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There are a lot of norms in our society that don't make sense, having "bad words" is one of them.

Words can't be bad, they're just words. Words can only be used to convey ideas, and it's the idea or the context that can be offensive, in which case any word can be used offensively. I think it's mostly the older generations that have it set in there minds since childhood that swear words sound dirty or offensive.

People should check out the video of Frank Zappa on Crossfire back in the 80's, it's a great video, Frank just owns a bunch of morons who want to push censorship of music on the country.


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#10
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Light scattering? i dont think so lol

Cause of gravitational forces? still dont think so lol




If they weren't so crass they wouldn't hold much meaning, would they?
#11
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If they weren't so crass they wouldn't hold much meaning, would they?

??? i dont know what you ment but it seams your not getting the joke?
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#13
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geometric proofs are damn hard

yeah they are
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#15
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For the same reason that the Earth is round, TS.

gravity?

but swear words are bad because they were invented to be bad.
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#16
because there meaning is held, to be used in situations of extreme.

a gentleman does not swear. you sir are a vulgar discombobulation
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because there meaning is held, to be used in situations of extreme.

a gentleman does not swear. you sir are a vulgar discombobulation

lol okay mr censorship edit, yes i see sarcasm (if your using it)
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#18
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There are a lot of norms in our society that don't make sense, having "bad words" is one of them.

Words can't be bad, they're just words. Words can only be used to convey ideas, and it's the idea or the context that can be offensive, in which case any word can be used offensively. I think it's mostly the older generations that have it set in there minds since childhood that swear words sound dirty or offensive.

People should check out the video of Frank Zappa on Crossfire back in the 80's, it's a great video, Frank just owns a bunch of morons who want to push censorship of music on the country.

i am watching that right now. you know what your talking about, so i crown you as thread king (or queen), and thread winer lol.
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#19
It's the same reason you don't see people screwing their granddaughters, it's not considered socially acceptable.

It's a societal norm, just some (like swear words) are more pointless than others.
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#21
i do know the origin of s**t. it comes from when America was still new and the British were sending over goods and also cow manure which was used in crops. blah blah blah. basically they didnt want to have the maure in the bottom of the boat because if it got wet it smelt even worse so they put a stamp on there that said S.H.I.T which ment Ship High In Transport....
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i do know the origin of s**t. it comes from when America was still new and the British were sending over goods and also cow manure which was used in crops. blah blah blah. basically they didnt want to have the maure in the bottom of the boat because if it got wet it smelt even worse so they put a stamp on there that said S.H.I.T which ment Ship High In Transport....

That's a joke.
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i do know the origin of s**t. it comes from when America was still new and the British were sending over goods and also cow manure which was used in crops. blah blah blah. basically they didnt want to have the maure in the bottom of the boat because if it got wet it smelt even worse so they put a stamp on there that said S.H.I.T which ment Ship High In Transport....


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the word is likely derived from Old English, having the nouns scite (dung, attested only in place names) and scitte (diarrhoea), and the verb scītan (to defecate, attested only in bescītan, to cover with excrement); eventually it morphed into Middle English schītte (excrement), schyt (diarrhoea) and ****en (to defecate), and it is virtually certain that it was used in some form by preliterate Germanic tribes at the time of the Roman Empire.


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#24
they are only bad when you say them to people who are A) nuns or B) extremely sensitive
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#25
This: Swears/curses are OATHS. Biblically, oaths were forbidden; saying the Lords name in vain or similar exclamations. Oaths are considered to be taboo when they are promises, also, because people usually don't live up to them.
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#26
actually this made me think...

was the original curse words actually created as a word to curse somebody in old times?

sounds like it could be true.

otherwise i dont understand how the english language has a certain small amount of words that were created and recognized from everybody as bad..
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The word you're all looking for is taboo.

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#28
I don't think they are. You're the one giving them the power to be offensive. They're words, they can't attack you, if you stop getting offended by them then there's nothing they can do to you. They're just words, collections of letters to dictate certain things in the universe.
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#29
It's a religious thing. Profane, I believe, means against the church, or out of church.

So profanity, is "that which is against the church."

So to use profanity is to...well you get it.

But seriously, since North America is too self-centered around itself, they figure "hey, if a word is bad for a christian, it might as well be bad for everyone, cause everyone else is christian too, right?"

Technically, being an athiest, I can swear at will. But since everyone around you probably isn't, it's not considered polite to insult them by using these words.
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#30
This one.
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