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Profanity: Swear it Up! The Culture of Profanity


Swear words, profanity, curses, or however you like to refer to these kinds of terms have been around since almost the creation of human language. People have wanted to use words describe their dislike for a certain individual, event or situation, and eventually, this has evolved into what is known as curse words. There is a very specific history of profanity, so understanding the meaning of these words and the overall history of profanities can prove especially helpful. While it might not prevent you from talking like a sailor, at least you can know the profanity definition and comprehend the what profanity means. Of course, you do need to know how to control your profanity in the workplace, as many locations do not tolerate this sort of language, especially when dealing with customers present.

Profanity Meaning

The common meaning of profanity stems actually from religious connotation. The definition of profanity is offensive words, although the word profanity itself comes from the Latin word “profanus” which means “outside the temple.” The use of profanity occurred to describe something that either is holy or is not holy. Common profanity words though are more Germanic in origin though, as shit and fuck are both Germanic and have no connection to Latin.

Profanity List

When it comes to a complete profanity list, it really depends on the individual. What some people might consider profane is not going to be all that bad to someone else. That is why it is necessary to understand all of the different words and to determine what really is bad. Each word is going to have a different origin, so it is not possible to define every single word, so it is easier to list out the more common profanity words and then give brief definitions of the different words that are more common.

The most common profanity words include asshole, shit, bitch, fuck and, to a lesser extend, damn. Other words that some people might consider profanity include cunt, cum, dick, clit, pussy and jizz. Now, there are most likely others, both this is a general list and, if someone is going to set up a profanity filter for their Internet connection, this is a good list of words to include. For someone that wants no profanity on their computer, it is always possible to come up with additional words as the time goes, but for the most part, these are going to be the most common words.

Define Profanity

In order to understand profanation, it is necessary to understand where these different words come from. For many words, especially the more common swear words, each comes from a different origin that has no actual negative meaning.

For an example, the word s*** is a variation of a British and Irish English word. It is a slang term that basically means nonsense or something of little value. However, it has since become a profane word that refers to fecal matter. It is used when describing both nowadays though, although in both terms it is considered vulgar.

In a world that , sadly, revolves around bullying and hateful words directed towards everyone online and offline, the dictionary of internet slang is filled with profane words ranging from the average everyday slang to the more obscene. Children and teens are flooded with profane words from cyber bullies, stalkers, online predators and trolls. The reasons for using profane words range from simply entertaining themselves to more vengeful tirades designed to break someone’s spirit with hurtful words and rumors. Several teens and children cannot handle those online mob attacks using profane words and resort to either retaliation with even more obscene words or simply logging off these social networks, some couldn’t handle this to the extent of committing suicide.

In terms of profanity, it really comes down to what someone considers profane and what someone does not. One person might consider the word c*** a profane word, while others might not see it that way. Others are going to use the word f*** almost in a sentence by sentence utilization, without a second though, although this is one of the major words that even entertainers are not able to use in public or easily accessed material (using the word itself is enough to cause a movie to receive a harsher rating). With all of these different potential words, it is very important to understand what the difference is and how it is possible to protect a computer from all of these different words.

There are different options when it comes to a profanity filter. For one, most Internet browser have the option to block out material that contains certain words or subject matter. For a parent who wants to protect the child from exposure to this sort of material, this is extremely helpful. Going into the settings menu of the Internet browser allows someone to type in the words they do not want to appear in any sort of context online. This can block out websites that contain the word or simply prevent Internet searches from providing results of the word. Regardless of what it is, this is extremely helpful for a parent of a child, especially a young child who has not yet been exposed to this kind of material.

There are all kinds of different profane words out there. It is often going to depend on the individual, but for you, you need to decide what words just are not ideal to use. You also need to understand what general profanity is, so you can avoid using these sorts of words in the workplace and out in public, as this is not very desirable.

Remember to talk to your kids about the fact that they will be hearing all sorts of profane words around them and that it is never cool or hip to repeat these words just to fit in is something that is totally unacceptable by an means. 

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