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Why do people use profanity?

A comprehensive look at the use of profanity: choices, reasons and consequences.

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Why do people use profanity?

  1. 1. Łukasz Kowalik, MA Why do people use profanity?
  2. 2. profanity KEY TERM 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.
  3. 3. English TongueA SOUP OF SWEAR WORDS the A-word, the B-word, the C-word, the F-word, the S-word, the W-word and many more. Those of a sweary disposition can draw upon:
  4. 4. References sexual, profane or blasphemous, scatological or disgusting objects, animal names, ethnic/racial/gender slurs, ancestral allusions, substandard vulgar terms and offensive slang.
  5. 5. How do we choose what word to use and when? Our choices depend upon: - the company we’re in, - what our relationship is to that company, - the social setting
  6. 6. Why do people swear? 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.
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. Can swear words be used in a more positive manner? Sure, in the form of jokes and humor, sex talk, storytelling, self-deprecation or even social commentary. “This concert is f***** awesome!” @Willis_Cummings Nov 29, 2019
  9. 9. What are the benefits of swearing? helps mitigate pain, carries a bigger emotional punch, makes a swearer more trustworthy than those who are less potty- mouthed.
  10. 10. Using the F-with-asterisks version acknowledges that we are taking the feelings of others into account. By censoring the word we show respect. OLIVER KAMM
  11. 11. ARTICLES: PHOTOS: - database Sources