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Cultures and swear words

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1 year ago
I find it interesting that in America certain words are considered less of a swear word, or less of an insult, than we do in Australia.
For example, when i was younger (like 15,16) they used to play old eps of Jerry Springer here at lunchtime.
I noticed that they didnt bleep out Sl*t and Wh*re and A*shole, but they bleep out B*tch and Sh*t. I find it to be the same nowadays with shows like Dr.Phil, and even the Ellen Degenerous show.

Here, we accept B*tch and Sh*t as almost, everyday words, and you might even hear it on the news or on a show that is still on before kid's bedtimes.

I think that the words Sl*t and Wh*re are very rude and insulting, and i hardly ever use them, and if i do, its not in a vulgar insulting way. (its like calling the coffee table a sodding Wh*re when you stub you toe lol) (but of course, not in front of children) but saying Sh*t on a regular basis is ok to me.

One similarity is the "F" word and also the "C" word.
They seem to be disgusting eveywhere we go (and thank goodness for that).

What do you think in USA and other countries?
What words are considered ok, and what isnt?
Especially on TV when children may be watching?

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1 year ago
Mary---the "C" word is common in Ireland? Really? OMG
I always wanted to go there, do i want to now?? LOL
Thanks so much for your response.
I find different cultures and countries so interesting. Whether it is swear words, food, wine, religion, clothes, family values etc.

Oh and BTW, not being able to say bloody?? How would they ever fit in in Australia!!!
We live on that word!! LOL
Feckin hell!!!
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In Ireland, c*nt is fairly common. So is arse and shite.
Now achild could get smacked for saying 'bloody'. But everyone uses the word 'feck'. Feck is actually a form of an old Irish word. But now people use it in everyday language. Even the teachers will tell the kids, "would ya ever shut the feck up." and 'feck off' is pretty common.
On our way back to the states, my now 15 year old, was in the plane and something happened and he said, "Feck". I told him not to say that, especially in the staes cause it sounded too much like the other word. He said, "I can't say feck?" I told him no. So he sat there for a minute. "Can I say 'bloody'?" I said yes, that bloody wasn't a cuss word in the states. He said, "YES! I can say 'bloody!"
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Ive learned that just every day common words that we pronounce in english can be translated in other languages as "bad" words. lol You cant win for losing. It all comes down to exercising some old fashioned values when talking in front of others. Grown ups or children.

And some "bad" words work out rather nicely behind closed doors... lol weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
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Actually if you watch F/X, a basic cable station, the only word they don't say is fcuk. I found it quite hilarious when a character exclaimed on a basic channel once "What the bleep was that!" He actually said bleep... Gosh.
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If my children are watching a show and those words turn up on it then you can guarentee that they won't be watching it for long. As a parent I take that job very seriously. I know that I was brought up with exposure to certain words (My father has been involved with racing since long before I was born and pit talk is not pretty). In my books, NO words that degrade another are overly acceptable. Especially around children. My younger cousin's first words were "Oh shit".. though given what her mother was cleaning up at the time while saying those words and the fact that most 10 month old babies talk that clearly and in two word sentenses.. well.. it can happen.
For a while I used an English term "Prat" and then one day one of my children called another by that name.. I realised that it didn't matter what country the word was from that children not only pick up the word but pick up when to use it. Years ago I had a friend who would substitute simple common names for swear words when he was upset. For example.. sugarcanes for sh*t and fudgesticks for F**k.

Here in Canada there are specific stations that show only children's programs. Treehouse was perfect when they were younger and still gets watched often during TV time. Lately it's been more YTV (Youth Television) and Teletoon, but I find that even there I make sure I know what they are watching just to ensure that it's appropriate. In the neighbourhood the parents will actually discuss with each other what the children can and should watch. Then if a child is visiting we know what is allowed and what isn't.
There was a time when it was far more regulated. And lately I, for one, wish that it would go back to those days where some shows are concerned. We've come along way (perhaps in a not so good manner either) since those days. Hard to believe that it has only been about 10-15 years or less since that first rock video with "vulgar" language was allowed... that first TV show.. that first movie. It's picked up speed along the way perhaps.
We can only try to teach our children the difference between right and wrong and pray that somehow the world gets better and not worse right??

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sl*t, wh*re, and the "C" word are all NAME calling. And I agree with you its much more offensive. The other words are just an expression-not calling someone a nasty name.
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1Girl41--explains what exactly?