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whats the point of having "bad" words?

honestly, a bad word is just vocal air vibrating into sound waves and into our ears. whats the point in wasting our time in creating bad words? our society should be smarter then this by now. wasting time on these little things rather than focusing on the future of mankind. so tell me, why are there curse words? what purpose do they serve?

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To give rappers something to fill their albums with.

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Their purpose is to fill the dictionary.

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They can make steamy E-mails even steamier !!

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ooooooooo yes.... I'll stop here... lol
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Don't want any deletions on Christmas !! :)
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Roger! (You're right...)
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I have My moments..... Oh Yes I do... ;)
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Yes, you do!
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Yes We Do !!!
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Okay, we do! ;)
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Nothing! I hate them so much!

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Actually there is some research that found cursing loudly and just one or two times relieved pain. A long litany of cursing had no effect.

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They are designed to humiliate and put down others. I agree our society should be smarter, but there are still people out there trying to hurt and control others. As long as we have that, words will be used as weapons.

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Well, so they can express more of their inferior inside

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star..... lol.....that's all I can say..lol
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Haha thanks!
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Something for the uneducated to fill their speech with since they don't know any bigger words.

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good answer
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makes your point a little stronger

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If I REALLY wanna get my point across I "season" my sentences with some F-bombs and the like....cuss words being "supposedly bad" are inherently attention getters, so as soon as they are spoken by one and heard by another it is an instant "slap" to let someone know you believe you have something to say.......OR it's just a way of speaking for others....8)

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Here's an interesting tidbit on the origin of the F-bomb. In the old days people would be placed in the stocks in the town commons as a form of punishment for bad behavior. A sign would be posted nearby notifying passers-by of the nature of the person's offense. It was meant to shame the offender and serve as a warning to other citizens. One common offense for which people would be placed in the stocks was sex outside of marriage. The accompanying sign would read "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge." Over time people shortened the phrase into a slang term for the same offense. And that, boys and girls, is where we get the F-bomb.
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@Kenney, interesting info! Who knew? I sure didn't!
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NAFTA, there a few people that just cannot say certain words. (I hope I'm not the only one!) It's inconvenient because when I'm really, really mad I'm not sure I convey that. I want to say, "Hey! These are bad words for me! Pay attention!" Lol!
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not where I'm from, its so common, noone knows it was spoken. its only shocking because people choose to see it as so
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The things that determine whether a word is good or bad are entirely subjective. By way of example, if I were to use the term "fecal matter" it would be considered polite and socially proper. If I were to use the "s" word instead it would be considered rude and offensive. The meaning of the word is the same and the context of what I'm saying is unchanged. It is only the sound of the word itself, seemingly, that sets it at odds with polite company. It is only a matter of convention and social perception.

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And the winner of the all time best answer ever given in the past millenia.........goes to FATKENNEY!!!!! 8)
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Thank you, thank you. I...I don't know what to say. I'm truly humbled. I'd like to thank God, and my wife for being so supportive, and my third grade teacher Mr. Matrow, and all my ASK family and friends. You guys inspire me. Really this award goes to all of you.
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Oh wait, what's this?....there's another award......and the winner of the most kiss-assiest acceptance speech in the history of mankind.....FATKENNEY!!!!! 8) HA!! LMAO!! :)
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Wow. You like me! You really like me!
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We do.....8)
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Such is the case in Spanish. WHere I live this year a bola is a ride, but last year in Panama the word meant a ball of the abpve mentioned fecall matter as in don't step on that bola from that dog.
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Ah, yes, we do!
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Great answer!
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yeah, i can see that. makes sense to me
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I know all of them...and that all I know...

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Wait, you mean to tell me a nice lady like yourself knows cuss words???? 8)
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lots..... lol and lots... but I have to whisper them in your ear....
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I think we have bigger problems in this world to handle other than worrying about bad words. I dont say them unless I hurt myself or lose my temper though lol

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What you call *bad* words are used differently by different people.

Kids sometimes use them to offend because it makes them feel grown up.
Some of us use them because we don't have the vocabulary to express ourselves more appropriately.
Some of us use them to relieve our emotions. Were you aware that the word most often recorded on black-box flight recorders, recovered after accidents, is "Shit"?
Some of us use them for emphasis or humour.

But don't worry about the time and effort spent developing them. NOBODY actually gets up one morning and says, "I think I'll invent a new cuss-word today." Like folk music, they just develop.

Then there's Cussing, and cussing. My friend, a Baptist pastor, always substituted "flopping" when he was annoyed. One day a neighbour said to him, "Why do you say that? It's really just the same as that word I use?" My friend only took a moment to think about it then said, "You're right, Frank. Go and get flopped."

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Lovely.
Did you and Daizy enjoy your day? Hope the spaghetti monster was good to you!
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I'm ashamed to say that the only pasta I ate was a cous cous salad, but the FSM is a loving god and will forgive me. Friday is our holy day and we should spend it in an Italian restaurant, celebrating his sauce.

Yeah, we had a nice day -- family feasting -- but Daizy and I don't give each other Christmas presents, and we've persuaded the kids not to give them to us, either. The younger grandkids usually give us something simple.
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Some people have limited vocabularies, and their limits include these bad words. They don't make you feel better, l don't understand why we have them either.

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To be immature and vulgar, sometimes funny?

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