posted on Apr, 19 2013 @ 04:18 PM
Originally posted by intrepid
reply to post by GrandStrategy
Bottom line. Would you say, "I don't care if the #$(*^ thing isn't working you %@$!*, Grandma"? Or to your 4 year old niece.
One of the reasons I'm so passionate about the subject is that I was raised in a community, and a family, where swearing is an everyday thing... for
the most part. So when I see claims that swearing is vulgar, crass, trashy, a sign of low intelligence, naturally I'm going to take that personally.
Swearing being all of those things is not just a general remark, it's a slight on the people I love and it offends me. And so I find it funny that
people talk about offensive language, vulgarity and such, while making such all encompassing, well, insults.
You're on the money in that I wouldn't swear in the situations you mention. Guilty as charged, I self-censor. But the reason I do so is not because
I believe it's(swearing) vulgar or offensive, but rather I censor myself out of respect for the people around me. I'm a highly conscious and, I'd
like to think, respectful person - and as such I swear only when I know it's acceptable.
That says something about me as an individual, but it doesn't have much to do with the subjective vulgarity of swearing. I stand by what I said, that
the supposed vulgar qualities of swearing is rooted in class bigotry, and that there's nothing objectively vulgar about swearing.
Swearing is not objectively vulgar. That you can have two words with the exact same meaning, one being offensive and vulgar and one not, should tell
you in itself that what constitutes offensive, vulgar language is subjective and born of historical bigotry.