A few months ago my daughter and I were walking out of the theater after seeing a R-rated movie. Which means we heard the f-bomb dropped more than once. It got me to thinking. Who decides what is profanity? Words that the majority of the culture finds impolite or offensive. Words that no loving parent intentionally teaches his/her child.
Did you know?
The use of profanity can be traced back to the Romans.
Beginning in the 18th and 19th century profanity took on a life of its own. Those words that broached taboo topics began to be used in nonliteral ways. They became words that not only shocked and offended but were also used to belittle others and blaspheme God.
Obscene words fall into two categories— oaths that take the Lord’s name in vain, and words that are sexual and racial slurs.
Approximately 0.7 of the words used daily by the average American are obscene. This is the equivalent of Eddie Murphy’s standup comedy act.
Most children by the age of two know at least one swear word.
People in the middle class use less profanity.
Studies suggest that obscene words are cathartic. Helping people deal with emotion as well as pain. They also help people bond.
Usually, obscene words grow less vulgar over time.
Should you use profanity or not? I think the better question to ask is. If I use profanity will others be offended or embarrassed?
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Have a great day! Rita
Be the VOICE heard amidst the deafening sound of sameness!