"Swear"/"Cuss" Words

United Kingdom
June 22, 2017 12:36pm CST
Why do most people have a concept of some words being worse than other words are? Especially two words with the same meaning/definition. As an example the two different words "poop" and "s**t" have the exact same definition, but using the word "s**t" is seen as crude and obscene while saying "poop" is seen as acceptable and can be used in formal conversation if needed. Saying "they had sex" is the same as saying "he f***ed her", but the second term is considered to be a lot worse to say than the first term despite the two terms having THE SAME MEANING. They're just different words, and because they have the same meaning, they should be seen as equal. So, why are some words seen as worse than others with the same meaning? As I always say, what are your thoughts on this
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• United States
22 Jun 17
I don't consider any words to be better or worse than others. I have also always wondered who was the person that got to decided what words were "cuss words" or "bad words" and others weren't. I feel like it is all in the context of which they are used and sometimes the tone of voice when using the words. I use swears all the time and sometimes it is in a bad way like when I am angry and some are just me having a conversation and that word fits. To me, they are all just words.
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• United Kingdom
22 Jun 17
I think i like Casey Ross..... She's straight forward and honest. You kinda speak from exprience
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@mandala100 (39803)
• Hong Kong
22 Jun 17
@Roland2 personally these "swear/cuss" must never be heard from the mouth of an educated and cultured persons. Nor it should be heard in front of polite company. I have low regard for people who always swear for most often than not it reflect their personality.
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@sharon6345 (121961)
• United States
22 Jun 17
ha this very conversation with D the other day. She will say poop And I say shi.. She feels I am wrong. I say your crazy a grown woman saying poop. lol
• United Kingdom
22 Jun 17
lol...
• United States
24 Jun
well it depends who I am talking to, but mostly I use the softer of the words,I don't care for cussing. Someone I know only has a limited vocabulary and it is all F. I like having other types of conversation.
@hillhjill (4839)
• United States
22 Jun 17
I don't know. There are just some people out that hates those kinda words.. me on the other hand cuss like a salor lol..I just see them as words.