Swearing a bad habit?

United States
February 7, 2008 8:08am CST
What do you think swearing is? To me swearing is something that happens every day. Im talking about the F word every minute I mean like if you say s*it or oh cr*p once in a while it isnt very bad. For some people swearing can be offensive. I mean for me if I am talking to somebody and we just say sh*t inbetween our sentences its like whats the problem?? In schools swearing is a huge problem, studants think that it is cool to swear or they think that they are big and just blatter everything out, especially if they are talking from one side of the playground to the other. I think that this is bad for the children, it starts small and in the end they swear so much. Then their children will learn it and it continues like that. What do you think about this and swearing?? Any other comments you would like to mension on this? Please share with us!!
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12 responses
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
7 Feb 08
I was raised to believe that people who swear are ignorant and don't have the vocabulary to properly express themselves. Of course once I was living away from home, I indulged once in awhile because it was cool. When I became a parent it was different--I didn't want my kids to grow up sounding and acting like trash. Of course, now that they're 19 and 20 they swear a lot! I think this is something that occurs every generation and we just can't stop it. But we can express our disapproval of it to our children--that is, after we've stopped doing it ourselves and we're mature enough to know that it makes us look ignorant, unread and trashy. :-)
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• United States
7 Feb 08
Yeah I guess your right, it is kind of the generation people go through and one cant stop it unless everyone would suddenly just stop swearing, but like I said its like a habit and one cant really stop it that easily, like smoking!
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@Chey1970 (1193)
• United States
7 Feb 08
I will admit, when I am upset or in a foul mood, I will swear (done in the privacy of my own home). However, I think it's rude and disrecpectful to be out in public and hear people saying "f.. this, f...that", used every other word in a 6 word sentence. And I find it even worse if it's done around small children, for children learn from example.
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• United States
7 Feb 08
Yeah I agree, thats why little children are keeping on to swear which I think is terrible. Thanks for responding!
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• United States
7 Feb 08
For some it is like breathing daily air. I have no problem with some one using the words occasionally. But ,for those who have to say them like they are running out of words to use. it drives me crazy. I have had to hang up my phone on people for that. I have to ask my friend so many times to stop that. But now just like last night I just put my phone down. Then when she calls back I don't answer. The kids now a days are speaking this way younger and younger. I was a target and could not believe how young one child was. Not only was he using the f word. He was using the N word like he was crazy. I wonder if he can speak that way in front of his mother..
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• United States
7 Feb 08
Yeah I also hate it when people constantly using it like you said. Im sure that little children and teens wouldnt dare swear infront of their parents, although I have seen a 12 year old saying sh*t in the presence of hes parents constantly, but I guess its not as bad as some words. Thanks for responding!
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• United States
7 Feb 08
I have always been pretty big at swearing but had to become more conscious of it since I became a mom. It is hard work sometimes but it is so worth because I really don't want to hear my son speaking like that. I have found for the most part if we are out and about most people are pretty considerate about not cursing in front of my son too which I appreciate.
• United States
7 Feb 08
Yeah I agree that that is pretty good, but you have a point everybody swears! Thanks for responding!
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@michelyn (717)
• United States
7 Feb 08
Originally, I started swearing only when I felt very strongly about something and that seemed to get people's attention. They knew I wasn't playing around if I was swearing, but it does become habitual. Now, it's a regular part of my normal everyday conversation and it's hard to break. I'm trying to break it because my kids have horrible mouths. Normally, it's not around us, but since it's habitual they slip up around us now and it gets them in trouble. So I'm trying to lead by example.
@gemini_rose (16257)
7 Feb 08
Swearing is a part of my vocabulary, Me and my husband cannot speak without a swear word in it, the same with most of my friends, it wasnt a problem, until recently when I have noticed that my 7 & 5 year old are now using swear words in their sentences just like mummy & daddy, now its a problem. I cant tell them off for it because it makes me a hypocrite, and when I do say something to them about it then they just turn around and say well you and daddy swear. Fair point, so now I check what I am saying, and who is about when I am saying it, hopefully that will rub off on my boys and then I can stop it!!
@eyewitness (1577)
• Netherlands
8 Feb 08
I hate swearing but i can't help it.I do swear a lot.And then after i swear i really think why do i swear.It's like having no control.I try to stop swearing but it's really hard.It's never easy and i do think it's a really bad habit.I mean what would people think if they know you as a nice person and suddenly hear you swearing.In my country it's a massive problem as a lot of youth has no respect anymore and swear in every sentence they speak.It's really awful.
@david2005 (800)
• Canada
8 Feb 08
I think that swearing is something that a lot of people need help with cause I think that some people do it a little to much.
@vanities (11410)
• Davao, Philippines
8 Feb 08
our family dont swear in our house or uttering bad words..its forbidden its just that we consider it as cursing or whatever which is not good (and consider it as a sin..we are catholic)and besides its not ethical to do it..
@skydancer (2017)
• United States
8 Feb 08
It seems to me that we've gotten to a point where some people do not have the capacity to express themselves in a clever or civilized manner, and thus resort to swearing. Usually (with very few exceptions) the people I hear swearing an excessive amount on a regular basis seem to definitely be people who are less educated. It's ironic because many times it is these same people who demand "political correctness" from others and yet have no problem with the f-word every other word. I came from a family who never talked like that. I never hung around people who talked like that. As a result, I did not know as many swear words as the other kids did. I will admit, I did hear d-a-m-n and h-e-l-l spoken at home (only during periods of extreme frusturation), but any of the other four-letter words were never used anywhere around me and the only time I heard them was in public (I never watched TV or movies often)... and I even had to have my parents tell me they were swear words because the people who I observed talking like this did so as if it was normal and fine and okay to do. (Another thing I observed in my generation is how in elementary school everyone acted like it was a criminal offense to say a swear word, and now some twenty years later, they don't think twice about it). I also hate how in history-based movies Hollywood seems to write the scripts and characterization to fit the modern generation rather that the history. Titanic, for instance has a lot of language that they never used back in 1912 when the film was set. We also showed Saving Private Ryan to a friend who was a Flying Tiger in WWII, and he claims that people in WWII never spoke in the manner that is depicted in this movie. Naturally I am weary of people who swear excessively because there seems to be a lot of anger associated with these people... I don't know where it all comes from, but I just find this language to be rude and disrespectful, and insulting and it surely is not a movement in the right direction. We all know the world is getting more and more dangerous and this to me is just an extension of that.
• Trinidad And Tobago
7 Feb 08
I think that swearing is definately a bad habit developed from the younger years, how kids are socialised, their friends,family members, elders, society on the whole. They think it is cool and it is a "rank" so to speak. I think it is abusive especially to those in authority amongst us. It speaks to the calibre of person you are, swearing is very unprofessional, unbecomming and definately unsophisticated. It shows a lack of class and decorum. I think we should try to swear less although it is very tempting to at certain moments of anger that we all face. Swearing is defintitely not cool!
@starangel (414)
• United States
7 Feb 08
I hardly swear. If i do, i'm ticked. lol. I don't care for people who do swear, but i'm not going to control them. I don't like sailor talk, because it shows a lack of intelligence. i know guys tend to carry on like that w/ each other, and that's fine...it's a guy thing. Just as long as they remember to shut it off when they come near me or my kids. I use to have a bad mouth as a teen, but i watched myself around my elders. i was raised to respect my elders, not curse around them. I know it's easy to become so apart of your vocabulary, that you don't even realize you're saying it. But, it's still tacky.