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Name: We're bombarded with swearing but who #*@%*! cares?
Author: Chris Berg
- Swearing is becoming less offensive
- Swearing can make a credible speaker (government official) appear more human
- Swearing in front of your child has no impact on how much a child will swear when they reach adulthood
- There is no statistical evidence to show that swearing has increased in the past few decades
Language Features: Swearing, Language Progression, Euphemisms, Expletive swearing, Social/Stylistic functions of swearing
Course Aspects: Unit 3 - AoS 1: Informal Language - Role of swearing in society, Swearing, Relationship between the context and the features of language in informal texts
Personal Opinion: I believe that swearing is becoming more normalised in Australia and around the world, and it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Swearing is harsh, and should not be said to people that you know would not accept it or get angry that you swore in front of them. It should be something that is shared on a personal level with some friends or family members. Saying F*CK or SH*T when you’ve hurt yourself has become a natural reaction, and I think that it’s an OK thing to do, it relieves the pain somewhat. Although I do agree that blatant swearing towards people in order to hurt them is wrong and should not be used in that manner.
- The average speaker of English utters around 80 to 90 swear words every day. That’s only about half as frequent as we use first person plural pronouns such as ”we” and ”us”.
- But swearing is more public, more frequent in film, television, on radio and in print. It’s been normalised.
- ”the use of obscenity could make a credible speaker appear more human”.
- Almost everybody swears, and swears a lot. Punishing extremely common language is obviously a bad idea. Something so banal should not be a police matter. Even prime ministers do it, after all.