What makes swear words "vulgar" or "profane" ?

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What makes swear words "vulgar" or "profane" ?

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:37 pm



What really makes swear words so offensive? Is it due to the history of the word being really negative, or what?


I've been curious about this for a while. I've looked 'round the internet but haven't found much of a clear answer.

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Re: What makes swear words "vulgar" or "profane" ?

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:35 pm



All words are history. The meaning of any given word is just the meaning that time has given in. Definitions change over time. Sometimes words end up meaning something bizzarely different from their original meaning. Words mean different things to different people too. Not necessarily in pure definition, but in the connotation they carry.

My recommendation: don't think about linguistics too much, lest you end up majoring in it. :wink:
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Re: What makes swear words "vulgar" or "profane" ?

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 6:53 am



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Re: What makes swear words "vulgar" or "profane" ?

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:50 am



http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd7dQh8u4Hc great video. Also explains the history.
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