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[PROFANITY]: Why do people use these words?

 
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why people like to use these two words (fuck and asshole)for expressing emotions?(especially negative).why these words are become a fashion?.anybody knows its psychology or sociology?.
investigation for the root cause of humen usage of these words may reveal a lot about humen mind.especially about sexual and moral issues.
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I edited your subject line in an attempt to protect some of our more delicate readers from reading icky stuff.
 
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It's a fuckin' mystery to me!
 
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but i use Bencho.
 
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Originally posted by basha khan:
why people like to use these two words (fuck and asshole)for expressing emotions?
Its big and clever, like smoking cigarettes
 
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Originally posted by Richard Hawkes:

Its big and clever, like smoking cigarettes


what about nonsmokers?.smokers and nonsmokers are using these words.so it's not like cigar smoking.it's got some other dimension.
i think people who strongly believe in religeon does'nt using these words much.so we are getting some grip to analyse.all other 'cultured' and 'noncultured' people using it lavishly.
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Originally posted by basha khan:
i think people who strongly believe in religeon does'nt using these words much.---
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There is simply no more cathartic expression in the language than a well-applied "fuck!" It's can be funny or vulgar or upsetting or completely ignorable. It is at once widely-used and slightly taboo. It can be used to express amazement, exasperation, anger, frustration, incredulity, you name it.
As for asshole, about the same, really.
 
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Originally posted by Michael Ernest:
There is simply no more cathartic expression in the language than a well-applied "fuck!" It's can be funny or vulgar or upsetting or completely ignorable. It is at once widely-used and slightly taboo. It can be used to express amazement, exasperation, anger, frustration, incredulity, you name it.
As for asshole, about the same, really.


interesting find.but i have someother findings.fuck is ideal for expressing emotions becoz of it's meaning.if the word meaning of fuck is someother,i dont think people use the word 'fuck' as now using.for example.
suppose we change the word meanings of fuck and cook.like fuck=cook.and cook=fuck.then people say,
oh!!.cook!!(instead of fuck).
so it's not about the tone of the word.but it's about the meaning.my questien goes there.why people prefer to mean these for expressing emotion?.
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There's something magical about a word that can be used as just about any part of a sentence: ie noun, verb, adjective, etc...
 
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Actually I read long time back that profanity is good as it makes man relax but using it as punctuations, I dont know how good will it be ?
 
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There are rare occasions when profanity is an utter necessity. People who use it regularly lose the shock value....
 
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Originally posted by Alfred Neumann:
People who use it regularly lose the shock value....


 
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according to my thoughts at some extent,the words are popularised by devil.the master hypnotist.it's one of devil's "GORILLA" methods to attack humen morale.by forcing or persuading humens to use these words.
science got anything to tell to this issue?.
back to 'psychology of morality',i dont think all 'decent' humens are really cultured enough.according to me,the true morale of 99% people is fake.they take morality/culture as a compromise to live better.for living better,they accept the compromise that is called 'culture'.they are not thinking or aware of the true renaissance of people.
but i am always thinking about the rest.the 1%.
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I think a more interesting question is why certain words become profane. "Fuck" is an anglo-saxon word and wasn't considered obscene until England was conquered by the Normans.
 
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Because they are an integral and valuable part of english, and it is the most expressive language in the world.....
 
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I remember a comic suggesting that "fuck" is about an intimate, sexual act - sometimes called "making love". So shouldn't it be a term of endearment? So saying "fuck you" could be similar to saying "I love you."
 
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Fuckin' Funny..
History Of The F word
 
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Check This
 
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Despite these words becoming more common in every day usage (for example "crap" is now heard on many day time programmes, but 10 years ago it wouldn't have been), there are still a few words in the English language which are taboo. One word in particular I was just about to write as an example, but I felt uncomfortable doing so. Crazy isn't it? Goes to show how strong social conditioning can get!

But how long will that last? I imagine that eventually there won't be any taboo words. Is this a bad thing or a good thing? One the one hand it would appear that people are getting ruder, and that could be seen as a bad thing. On the other hand, perhaps if these words become more common they will loose their aura of rudeness. By saying these words more often, their shock value will decrease. This could lead to the language having less words in it considered rude, and lead to people being more polite.

Of course some new rude words and taboos may be invented....
 
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Originally posted by basha khan:


but i am always thinking about the rest.the 1%.

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Maybe its the 1% who got it wrong!!

IMO, words are "bad" only when people consider them bad. I use profanities when I'm with my friends or someone who won't take offense. As long it doesn't hurt anyone it is f***ing fine with me. (Thats why I censored the "bad" part so as to not to bring the devil into this forum )
 
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My theory is that they start out as ordinary words for concepts that acquire negative connotations. People begin confusing the words with the concepts and decide that the negative connotations are in the words themselves, so they discourage their use.

Later, other people start using them deliberately for the sake of violating the taboo, either to demonstrate the intensity of their emotions ("Look at me! I know about the taboo, but I am so angry I cannot control myself!") or simply to be contrary and defiant ("Being brave and independent-minded, I scorn your silly taboos!").

Eventually, this sort of rebellion becomes so cheap and immature that the words go out of fashion again.
 
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That theory is wee bit fucked in the being right department.
 
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sutta na mila
 
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Cant understand what is all that special or bad or macho or watever, in "fuck". Thinking scientifically, it only means..well err.....

Or is it really special :roll:
 
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Speaking of swearing, check out the TV show Trailer Park Boys. South Park is a distant second on the swear-o-meter.
 
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Originally posted by Michael Ernest:
That theory is wee bit fucked in the being right department.

Be nice!
 
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THIS POST CONTAINS A WORD MANY FIND PARTICULARLY OFFENSIVE. IT'S FOUR LETTERS LONG AND BEGINS WITH THE LETTER C, IF YOU THINK YOU'LL BE OFFENDED, SKIP THIS POST!

Originally posted by Dave Lenton:
One word in particular I was just about to write as an example, but I felt uncomfortable doing so. Crazy isn't it? Goes to show how strong social conditioning can get!




Just write it ... I'm going to guess that it's "cunt" as as far as I know that is the only word that still gets people riled.
Say it 10 times, wrap your tongue around it (no pun intended), enjoy the sound of it. It's a great word to say out loud.

It's just a word, words don't hurt anyone. A word is only offensive because some people allow themselves to be offended.

What's bee interesting in the past 50 years is that words that were once used as an offensive reference to a group of people have been reclaimed by those people and then lost all their power. Examples, Gay, Nigger, Chick etc. I love that. So I'm reclaiming cunt ... since I can be one sometimes ... anyone care to stand with me?
 
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Woooooo.......Angela !!! Quite a bold post. Good to see gutsy girls
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Originally posted by Angela Poynton:
Just write it ... I'm going to guess that it's "cunt" as as far as I know that is the only word that still gets people riled.



Really? I wasn't aware that "cunt" is an offensive word. This word appears frequently in romance/erotic novels. So the context is important, eh?

I agree with the earlier posts that if the word is used often, its shock value will decrease. But it also depends on how the word is being used. If it's used for hurling insults, even word like "stupid" can be offensive.
 
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Maybe it's only in the UK. But I know in a lot of comedy clubs ofr instance some acts are told "you can use any word you want except 'cunt'". Even the most liberal minded of people often find it offensive here. I think no word in itself can be offensive, only how that word is used.
For instance, although as I said earlier the word "nigger" has been reclaimed largely by the African American population... however it can still be considered offensive when used by certain people in a certain way.
People often confuse the offensivenss of a word with the offensivness of it's use.
 
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Originally posted by Angela Poynton:
For instance, although as I said earlier the word "nigger" has been reclaimed largely by the African American population... however it can still be considered offensive when used by certain people in a certain way.

A similar effect happens with pictorial symbols (I guess spoken words are symbols as well). The Swastika, for example, is a fairly harmless symbol in when seen in a south-Asian temple, but something dangerous when tattooed on a skinhead's forehead.

Perhaps its the assumed intent a person has when saying a particular word, or presenting a symbol, which causes offence. So why did I feel uncomfortable saying a rude word when I had no intention of insulting or offending anyone? Have I been conditioned (brainwashed?) by society? Is it good manners or a worrying lack of self determination?
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