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Language and “Dirty” Words

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After passing through a throng of people the other day (not to be confused with a thong of people) and hearing the words George Carlin’s “Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television” multiple times, I had the thought that maybe as a people we are beginning to come further along down the road to believing that words only have as much power as you give them. Personally, I believe this. Ass, shit, and other “dirty” words said have gotten to be almost as commonly accepted as words such as puppy or tea, and honestly, I think that its kind of refreshing.

The reason is because…wait for it….words only have as much power as we as a people allow them to have. I mean seriously if you don’t get offended simply because I refer to my butt or my rear or my sphincter as my ass, the world would be a better place. Just like any other myth out there, the idea that there are certain words that have a negative stigma is also an urban legend….just because I say God damn, doesn’t mean that I’m condemned to a fiery corner of hell to wail and gnash my teeth in for an eternity (besides if you truly think about that saying…only God can condemn or “damn” someone…the person is not “damning” God because really that is just a silly train of thought).

I will admit that I myself did go through a time when “curse” words would never pass my virgin lips because I thought that it was wrong. I even made the argument to another student that since we are logical, thinking creatures shouldn’t we be able to express ourselves intelligently without using them. Now, however, I find myself seeing it a different way. Why should I explain myself out in several sentences that I am unhappy with someone when a quick “Kiss my ass” will do? It so much more concise, and in a world where speed is prized, concision is brilliant.

So, I guess what I’m trying to stress is that you shouldn’t let a few four letter words cause you to go off the handle. If you don’t agree with the usage, I would say just let it roll off because seriously you’re being just as bad as the vegetarian who tries to force people to not eat meat…just live life and be happy with what’s going on…don’t let a few “dirty” words get you down.

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Written by uncannynerdyguy

February 16, 2010 at 2:36 pm

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  1. As a fellow English degree-holder, I both agree and disagree.

    I don’t think we should give so many words so much power. But I do think that there’s a time and a place where language is not appropriate. Period. Like people who cuss up a storm around their children just make me angry, but that’s another issue. Anyways. The point is that we, more than others, realize that words DO carry meaning and weight that shouldn’t be thrown about lightly.

    By that same token, if you trip going up or down your stairs and fire off a round of f-bombs, that’s not going to offend me. 🙂


    February 17, 2010 at 12:33 am

    • I agree that there are certain situations that arise when language is typically seen as inappropriate. However, by that same token, I also think that it’s just the fact the people see it as inappropriate that makes it so…I mean if you were in a meeting with the higher-ups of a company and the CEO let a string of F-bombs fly…I might think that it was a little odd but at the same time it would be oddly freeing…to me, it would allow me more freedom to vocalize.

      I do also agree with the fact that words shouldn’t be necessarily thrown about lightly because as you’ve said words do have a “weight” so to speak…However, I think that if people wouldn’t react by lighting their torches and sharpening their pitch forks at the mere mention of a word that the world would be a more inclusive and altogether more accpeting place.


      February 17, 2010 at 12:39 am

      • Also, I think that as in any behaviour that children watch and immitate that language should be watched…I mean in a perfect world (a utopian society if you will) it wouldn’t matter what the children said…but since these words have certain stigma attached to them, discretion must be exercised around the wee ones…


        February 17, 2010 at 12:45 am

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