I thought maybe all audio books did this but then the next one had a lot more 'taboo adult language' and it was still included, and spoken vehemently as it was intended. This restricted when I could listen to the book as I didn't want it on while I was cooking the family dinner and children were around.
This incident may have heightened my awareness of swear words as lately I have found my Facebook and twitter timelines have a lot more free-flowing swearing. Maybe it was always there and it hadn't bothered me. But now it does. Maybe it's because we've had a holiday season and people are more fed up about the winter and the return to work. Even so, I don't want to see every other friend effing and blinding all day long.
This article explains, “Swearing is like using the horn on your car, which can be used to signify a number of emotions (e.g., anger, frustration, joy, surprise).” It seems it offers us a cathartic release and can be a useful substitute to physical violence.
"When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear." Mark Twain
But the more we swear the less of an impact it can have for us. This article explains that the more we swear, the less emotionally potent the words become.
It's Nothing New
Discovery explains that while the specific words we consider vulgar have changed over time, curse words have been around for hundreds of years, maybe more. They found the f-word has 15th century Germanic origins.
Apparently, in Bulgaria there are more than 10 f-words and in Serbia they have more than 100 f-words. If learning how to wear in other languages is your kind of thing then this is the site for you: www.youswear.com.
A Lack of Vocabulary?
Cynical Girl doesn't think that's why we swear although she is adamant it is unnecessary.
Stephen Fry also has strong opinions on the subject although he prefers defending, or rather endorsing, swearing. He points out that we are, "Only shocked on behalf of other people" and feels no-one is really shocked by hearing swearing these days. The 'necessary' or 'unnecessary' side of swearing also caused him to point out, "Things not being necessary is what makes life interesting. Little extras in life."
Maybe this is what makes the taboo words acceptable or not. In a Tarantino film the near non-stop swearing is what we expect although some have commented that while it's not offensive it is annoying.
And maybe any word can be made to be taboo such as the use of frack that was used in Battlestar Galatica instead of the more common expletive f-word.
Some say a "well placed f*** here and there can do wonders for a sentence, but each time you swear in a movie or game the word loses its novelty ever so slightly." And this was backed up by the commenter who reminded us that, "The famous "I am the Messiah, now **** off!" scene from Life of Brian wouldn't have worked if every other sentence had been full of swearing."
Swearing, cursing, cussing, dirty-talk, potty-mouth. Whatever we call it, maybe there is a time and a place for it. But I still don’t want to be bombarded with the f-word every day.
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