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What's so bad about swearing?

They are just words and they don't hurt anybody.

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Swearing is negative. It shows ignorance and stupidity.

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Ummmmm not really
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good answer.
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Wow u again
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Great answer.
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ClaraListensprechen
Not true, though. Ignorance is shown by people who don't know that swearing exists, or knows but refuses to acknowledge that it exists. The latter category of people still come up with euphemisms for swear words, so it's hypocritical.
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eminem4ever

nothing. i swear all the time. JUST dont swear in front of your parents :P

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That is exactly when you should swear. Especially since you think there is NOTHING wrong with it.
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eminem4ever
keep quiet.
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ClaraListensprechen
Swearing is something that can be done with friends but it's also disrespectful--which is why it's also called "profanity". Your parents are due respect, as are the people found in any formal or semi-formal setting such as school. Where respect is expected, swearing is to be refrained from simply because it's good manners. Even if there's nothing wrong with swearing.
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eminem4ever
good job claralistensprechen :)
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I agree with Clara and I disagree with the whole idea that swearing does not hurt anyone. How do you feel when someone swears at you. There is a difference in saying an darn! etc when you smash your toe and simply being foul mouthed because you are angry or trying to sound cool or grown up. Swearing usually makes the person swearing sound ignorant as there are many better, more descriptive words to use. Finally @eminem4ever, remember this... telling someone to keep quiet is not only rude, it absolutely GUARANTEES that they will not.
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ClaraListensprechen
No it isn't. Anglosaxonisms are part and parcel of the English language.
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Thank you, eminem. :)
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eminem4ever
haha true dat
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Clara the problem here is that I can't tell who you are speaking to. I agree with you that there is nothing inherently wrong with swearing, but if it is directed at someone then it can be hurtful, and there are always better word choices.
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eminem4ever
i dont swear to hurt people feelings. i just swear when something goes bad
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ClaraListensprechen
I take it you've never heard the old doggerel about "sticks and stones can break my bones but names can never hurt me". Words commit no physical violence--sorry.

You can tell when I'm addressing somebody in particular when I actually address a person by name. If I'm not addressing anyone by name then I'm making a general statement.
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No one said they were an act of physical violence. If that were a measure of hurt then many parents who scream at an call their children names would not be guilty of anything. Words CAN hurt. Words do hurt. When you are commenting in a sequence as above, and you make a general statement such as "no it isn't", it is very difficult to tell where that is directed.
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ClaraListensprechen
scott, the problem with your thesis is that not everybody is your parent. Parents have different responsibilities toward their own kids and not everybody else's kids either.
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My first comment was to make the point that eminem did not really think there was "nothing" wrong with it or they would do it in front of their parents, not advise against it. Everything else after that was a discussion with you where I indicated I agree there is nothing inherently wrong with swearing, until you went off on a tangent and made about physical hurt. Swearing at someone, not talking about swearing in general can be very hurtful, and if you care at all about the other person should be avoided. I am the first person to say that might right, and your right to say anything, including swear words should not be impeded. However when an answer might actually encourage someone to make poor word choices, it makes absolutely no difference to me if they are my child, your child etc. my advice, and sense of responsibility would be the same. If you read many of the answers below you will see that there were as many who were addressing the idea of swearing AT someone as swearing in general.
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Sorry for the typos I was typing quickly and not editing as I went along.
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ClaraListensprechen
The problem that remains with your thesis is the claim about being hurtful. Words of this sort are intended to express the intense feeling of the person that uttered the words, scott. Explain away all you want to, but this difficulty with what you said still remains.
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Unless they are intended to hurt or cause emotional discomfort to the person being spoken to, and in such case should be avoided. Just because you can swear does not mean you should swear, especially at another person. I am surprised that we are even having this discussion. I have a "right" to swear, that does not make it right to swear. Or helpful, or useful etc.
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ClaraListensprechen
We are having this conversation because of the trouble with what you said, plus that you used parents as an example when it wasn't appropriate.
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I think we are having two different discussions.
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ClaraListensprechen
You talk to yourself, scott? A discussion is between two or more people.
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Are you trying to patronize me, because that does not work with me. Two different discussions in that we are talking about the same thing but actually addressing different things. I long ago left the idea that the mere words were hurtful and agreed with you. I then tried to offer an example of when and where swearing might be inappropriate and hurtful, especially if directed at another person. Because you seem intelligent and because after so many comments back and forth we have not come to some common ground, I can only assume we are having a discussion ( not with myself ), but speaking to different points.
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Again--your example was not applicable because of the reasons I explained. We weren't talking about two different things--it's just that you don't accept what I said about it. Kids who enlist in the military will get exactly the treatment you claim is harmful and what it does is make a man out of you. That's because words really really really do no physical harm at all, and all branches of the military will tell you the same thing. Deal with it, scott.
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I never said they were physically hurtful.
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I have read your answers, and questions here on ask Clara. I intend to debate with you no further. You obviously think very highly of yourself. I see that even if you were wrong and I am not saying that you are you would not possess the ability to see it or acknowledge it. Discussion with someone of this nature is frustrating and fruitless . Do have a good day.
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Are you for real?
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Who Cindy?
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They make u sound like your ignorant

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No it doesn't. People who ignore a valid part of the English language are, in fact, ignor-ant by virtue of definition of the word.
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purplepandas11

how would you feel if someone sweared to you? parents dont like it because bad things link to the words and have more meaning. also, it doesnt make you feel better

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If it didn't, then non-swearers wouldn't be coming up with so many euphemisms for swear words. Sorry, but this answer isn't adequate.
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purplepandas11
i mean you are still angry when you say them
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Well, some people only swear BECAUSE they're being sweared at.
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purplepandas11
then they can control their anger
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ClaraListensprechen
...and some people use swear words in normal course of conversation talking about things or people that made them mad. The military in particular does this, and if this language is good enough for our military, it's good enough for everyone else. SUPPORT OUR TROOPS!
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Yes, because when somebody is cussing you out, you HAVE to take that.
No, swearing is bad, but when it's aimed at you, I don't think you should just...take it.
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ClaraListensprechen
I'm glad that not everybody manufactures a problem where there isn't one. That's your problem.
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Are you talking to me? :0
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I'm talking to anybody who does what you said you did, Zaruna. Not exactly to you as such, but you do fit the profile of the type of people I'm addressing. You're not alone.
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purplepandas11
my mom and dad have been in military for 23 years. my dad was a fighter pilot, and my mom a nurse.
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Oh well, I am who I am.
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ClaraListensprechen
....and even if they don't cuss around you, purple, they cuss on base. Cussing is so prevalent in the military, I'm confident that I can even guarantee the statement I made even though I've never met your parents.
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yes they cuss, my point is that it doesnt solve everything. I dont need to be taught the history of swearing, because its my opinion
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ClaraListensprechen
I don't know where you get the idea that all language is supposed to do is solve things. When language is used, the intention is to convey an idea or a feeling felt by the person who uttered the words. Delegitimizing words just because they don't solve something or other delegitimizes the feelings of the person who uttered the words. Basically, you delegitimize how your parents feel, purple.
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While it is bad to swear, I only do it when I'm extremely furious with somebody.

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It can offend somebody but if your not swearing at someone then uhhh.... Idk sorry :)

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Nothing wrong with swearing just depends who your swearing at doesn't mean it's always good to swear cause its not some people Just take things to serious some are just immature & curse cause they think it's cool so on the other hang it show you have no respect in some people's eyes

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I agree if people dont want to hear swear words then dont listen when people say them

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I think that nothing is because it is just words

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Your almost never saying anything kind when you swear, it's all about being kind and mature enough to say the right thing. It's just rude is all.

plus...words do hurt, no likes to be cursed at...

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Personally, I find swearing completely offensive and unnessesary. Knowing there is a vast amount of words in the English language, there will always be a better word than something so vulgar as swearing. It shows immituraty and will not benifit you.

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It's just bad and disobedient to god

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wait, so swearing is a sin?
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ClaraListensprechen
Nope, except in the sense of taking an oath. Jesus is on record as saying not to swear (take an oath) that your word is true--just let your word be true. He says nothing of cuss words.
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Nothing is wrong with swearing well maby if you swore at a church lol certain times it can be disturbing lol

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you suck
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Because it denotes bad meaning/intention, like, saying. "All girls are b!tches" its a swear word cuz it degrades all womanhood. Imagine, one word can do that. Now, imagine the president of US saying directly to the prez of Russia ,"hey f.u. russia"Right?

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Amen!
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There are certain words that "hang out with other words that have a bad reputation." I borrowed that from George Carlin. We have barred them because they're insulting things that aren't appropriate to talk about. Such as making love, having a bowel movement, fighting and so on. These are topics normally we don't discuss. We are taught they are bad. If I told you about a fight I saw last night after making love to my husband and then went and had a bowel movement, you might find it too be odd.!! I am using this as an example!!! This didn't happen!!!

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to me its just words. what if some one said dont say "manly" was a bad word? would you stop saying it? its just words have been used in bad ways and now associated with bad words. but honestly i think no word is a bad word.

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Swearing actually lowers your IQ by limiting your vocabulary skills. Be creative and learn new words. Using the same words over and over is boring. I always told my kids if you step in it you can say it! LOL

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Swearing is a form of serious verbal aggression, when those words are aimed at someone else it shows a serious lack of maturity.

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ClaraListensprechen
Not true.
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so not true, very smart people swear.
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I didn't say anything about intelligence, I said it's immature.
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Swearing DOES hurt other people! Even though there only words, peoples feelings get hurt when you say them to a person! Why would you even ask this?

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Of course it does when they are directed at someone.
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Not true. They express intense feeling on the part of the person who utters the words.
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Well,I tell them to take an insult and man up,not get "depressed"
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Personally, I think it makes someone look very uneducated, and childish.

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I agree with all of you but my mom taught me that words like h-e-l-l and c-r-a-p and also s-h-i-t aren't bad words there just disrespectful to say to other people like directly to them like it's meaning for them to get hurt oh and my mom told me b-i-t-c-h is also a not nice word and just don't say it to other people oh and she taught me all curse words are not nice except the f word that's the word your never supposed to say ever especially to people

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lots of reading. Awesome answer.
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Because it feels SOOO GOOD....

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Well,excuse me,but I like to feel rude...
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It can start
Fights and god doesn't want you too

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Cursing is fine unless your parents hear in that case....Good luck

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Its unnecessary, rude, and not very attractive. I know its tempting and sometimes slips. If you dont swear in front of your parents then you know its wrong!

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I agree.
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YOUR SINNING!!!! No, nothing wrong with swearing I do it all the time. (Sometimes unconsciously)

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