I want to take a bit of time to talk about bad words, cuss words, swear words, just words that are considered "bad" in general, I do not want to include racial slurs in this, those are bad and everyone knows they are bad, so I am not talking about those here.
I love to swear, I mean in my daily life in any given conversation I could probaly make a sailor blush with shame, I use swears to emphisize what I am saying.
also It is no secret geroge carlin was my all time hero and this is one of his all time gripes, but it is still a valid argument and discussion worth having IMO.
is there such a thing as a bad word? do bad words exist?
my stance on the subject is actualy identicle to carlins, and it was long before I ever heard him, infact it was his bit on bad words, and how identicle to my own views it was that got me to liking him in the first place.
there are no "bad" words, words are just words and nothing more, take the word fuck, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the word fuck in and of its self, it is just a word, its the context you use that word in that makes it bad or unaceptable.
I dont think if I am at the mall I should have to watch my mouth, I should be able to say "wow did you see how expenisve this fucking shirt is " with out getting a bunch of dirty looks , I can understand if thier are children around but that would be one of the few exceptions where I would restrain my self.
so what are your views on bad words ( swear words ) ? can an actual word be bad? do you swear? do you think people should not be allowed to swear in public? does swearing and cursing ( especily in public ) fall under free speach?
I agree that words are just words - they're tools, they're air coming out of your face. Why would you say that swearing around kids is bad? If you don't believe dirty words are bad, you shouldn't be afraid of kids using them.
Transcultural swearing is an example of how words are not 'bad' or 'offensive'. One word in one language can be a cuss word, in the other it might be an every-day expression.
Still, people widely believe that words have this 'moral quality' about them.
I love this subject actually, as an amateur linguist and a 'fan' of freedom of speech. Insulting and offending someone is even more interesting. What does it mean to insult someone? Say some words about him? Do words change reality? They don't, unless people blindly believe them. So usually people are offended because they believe that the people who hear the offensive words will believe them. Say someone is calling your relative a whore. Why would you care about that? Because someone might actually believe that. It's all about reputation I guess. In fact, I believe that if you're able to ignore 'offensive' remarks, you actually prove that they are powerless.
Words cannot offend you, they cannot be offensive. It is only the person who hears them that can 'become offended'.
Well, my post is really messy, but that's just because I'm in a hurry. Hope you can make out anything from it.
I'd love to talk more about this subject and hear some polar opinions.