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    The Language of Swearing, Offence, and Taboo

    Here Prof. Steve Pinker lectures about the language of offensive words, how they work, and why people use them. Given that this forum is often littered with expletives and written abuse I thought that some understanding on the topic might be useful.

    Warning: It is not possible to give a lecture about swearing, even a formal one, without using actual swear words. Some people may be offended. But if you want to know why you are offended then listen on.

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    Impressive and spectacular piece of filter avoidance there - must admit I find that tie offensive, especially in conjunction with the hair
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    **** off ****
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    I personally look at the context of swearing, to put it in simple words, why/when the person is swearing and not that I tend to get offended simply because the person used a word what is typically described as a "swear" word. One's intention plays a key part. In the middle of a serious disagreement or quarrel if someone says me "f** you" I will get offended. If I am playing a video game with someone and beat him and he goes on to say "f*** you", I will not get offended. We have the luxury of swearing in our mind. Like I can swear 100 times with the cruelest way ever imagined in my mind if I dislike something. The other person won't know. So what's the point? One reason comes to my mind is that it calms us down. There are people who will curse you the f*** out in their mind but will act in a polite manner outwardly. And there are people who will be straight forward and will speak out whatever it is in their mind. I will prefer to be speaking with the one who is straight forward even if he curses. At least I will know that he is swearing and cursing and not doing it hiddenly.
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    Non-offensive usage of swear words as adjectives/adverbs (ABDV's so ****ing brilliant!, aussie's a ****ing muppet etc.) indicates a lack of imagination and a deficient vocabulary, not straightforwardness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G.I.Joe View Post
    Non-offensive usage of swear words as adjectives/adverbs (ABDV's so ****ing brilliant!, aussie's a ****ing muppet etc.) indicates a lack of imagination and a deficient vocabulary, not straightforwardness.
    what about abso****inglutely and in****ingcredible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howe_zat View Post
    what about abso****inglutely and in****ingcredible?

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    **** yeah
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    Quote Originally Posted by G.I.Joe View Post
    Non-offensive usage of swear words as adjectives/adverbs (ABDV's so ****ing brilliant!, aussie's a ****ing muppet etc.) indicates a lack of imagination and a deficient vocabulary, not straightforwardness.
    How about the hindi couterpart? eg:

    AB kya batsman hai Bh**c***
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    Quote Originally Posted by OverratedSanity View Post
    How about the hindi couterpart? eg:

    AB kya batsman hai Bh**c***
    Not really an accurate example here, tbh.

    AB is an excellent batsman, sisterlover! can be misconstrued as a taunt directed at the listener.

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    It'd only be misconstrued because of that comma you added tbf

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    AB is a talented BC would make more sense.
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    Is f*** an offensive word? If so why? F***ing is integral part of human life. Same goes for D**k, C**k etc

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