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Old June 12 2009, 05:35 AM   #1
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Why are ''BAD'' words bad?

Can somebody please exlpain why certain 4 letter words are considerd bad? and who's idea was it to make them bad? I mean as far as I know I've never heard of a word commeting crimes or being bad.
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Old June 12 2009, 05:44 AM   #2
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Re: Why are ''BAD'' words bad?

I think it's mostly the intent behind the words. There are certain words that people more often than not use in a derogatory way. Words also can have subtle differences, and some might be considered crude, and therefore inappropriate in certain social settings.

It really depends on the word, the intent, and the company.
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Old June 12 2009, 07:32 AM   #3
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Re: Why are ''BAD'' words bad?

You can answer your own question:

Hammer your thumb in front of a child.
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Old June 12 2009, 07:51 AM   #4
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There's no such thing as bad words. There's vulgarity, swearing and such but those words only become taboo because we make them so.
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Old June 12 2009, 08:02 AM   #5
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Re: Why are ''BAD'' words bad?

I like making up my own bad words. Words like "Tidwidgets!" and "Farpcrackers!"


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Old June 12 2009, 08:46 AM   #6
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Re: Why are ''BAD'' words bad?

If it's good enough for Florence Nightingale it's good enough for me.

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Old June 12 2009, 08:49 AM   #7
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Re: Why are ''BAD'' words bad?

J. Allen wrote: View Post
I like making up my own bad words. Words like "Tidwidgets!" and "Farpcrackers!"


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How about "crap spackle"? Or perhaps, "jam a bastard in it you crap!"
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Old June 12 2009, 08:52 AM   #8
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ShamelessMcBundy wrote: View Post
J. Allen wrote: View Post
I like making up my own bad words. Words like "Tidwidgets!" and "Farpcrackers!"


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How about "crap spackle"? Or perhaps, "jam a bastard in it you crap!"
I like these words too!
I use the term "fudgebarnacles" almost constantly.


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Old June 12 2009, 09:20 AM   #9
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Re: Why are ''BAD'' words bad?

J. Allen wrote: View Post
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J. Allen wrote: View Post
I like making up my own bad words. Words like "Tidwidgets!" and "Farpcrackers!"


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How about "crap spackle"? Or perhaps, "jam a bastard in it you crap!"
I like these words too!
I use the term "fudgebarnacles" almost constantly.


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My personal favorite is, "Make that bitch your bitch, you bastard!"
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Old June 12 2009, 09:30 AM   #10
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Re: Why are ''BAD'' words bad?

There was a documentary on the BBC last year, I think, about swear words and why they're considered taboo. It basically said that they became "bad" with the rise of the middle class and the rise of the euphemism. And they said basically the working class use(d) swear words just as descriptive words anyway, and the upperclass didn't care what people thought to them swearing like sailors, only the middle class turned it in to a taboo, and preferred to use euphemisms instead of explicit words, so they became taboo as the world became increasingly influenced by the middle class.
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Old June 12 2009, 09:39 AM   #11
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J. Allen wrote: View Post
I like making up my own bad words. Words like "Tidwidgets!" and "Farpcrackers!"


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Anyone remember The Charmings, a short-lived sitcom (on ABC?) where Prince Charming and Snow White live in modern times? It starred Christopher Rich and Paul Winfield.

Anyway, for Prince Charming, his swearing included "fe fi fo fum." And the f-word was "fiddlesticks."
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Old June 12 2009, 09:40 AM   #12
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Re: Why are ''BAD'' words bad?

Some words tend to keep their shock factor through changing usage. I find that interesting. Other commonplace words have become completely toxic, like nigger. Off the top of my head I would say the Victorians probably banished more words to the naughty step than any other era.
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Old June 12 2009, 10:40 AM   #13
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It's just arbitrary social custom. Kind of mildly amusing that people are afraid to use certain words, yet will freely use synonyms.
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Old June 12 2009, 10:44 AM   #14
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Re: Why are ''BAD'' words bad?

Meh, I don't fucking care anyways. They're just words. Then again language has never really been an issue around here. Being polite and showing respect is important though. And yes I think it's possible to be respectful while still swearing a whirlwind.
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Old June 12 2009, 10:44 AM   #15
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Re: Why are ''BAD'' words bad?

I'm from North Jersey/NYC metro area, we really do say "fuck" every other fucking word.
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