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Łukasz Kowalik, MA
Profanity is socially offensive language, which may also
be called cursing, or swearing in British English, cuss
words in American English, swear words, or expletives.
Used in this sense, profanity is language that is generally
considered by certain parts of a culture to be strongly
impolite, rude, or offensive.
TongueA SOUP OF SWEAR WORDS
and many more.
Those of a sweary disposition can
profane or blasphemous,
scatological or disgusting
substandard vulgar terms
and offensive slang.
How do we
word to use
Our choices depend upon:
- the company we’re in,
- what our relationship is to that company,
- the social setting
Why do people
to achieve a specific reaction from others,
to inject a direct, succinct emotional component
into the discussion, usually in order to express
frustration, anger or surprise,
to be name calling or wishing someone harm.
What is profanity
often used for?
It’s no wonder it is often a defining feature
of hate speech, verbal abuse, sexual
harassment and obscene phone calls.
words be used
in a more
Sure, in the form of jokes and
humor, sex talk, storytelling,
self-deprecation or even
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helps mitigate pain,
carries a bigger emotional punch,
makes a swearer more trustworthy
than those who are less potty-
Using the F-with-asterisks
version acknowledges that
we are taking the feelings
of others into account. By
censoring the word we