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towan52
Posted: Monday, January 14, 2019 9:37:40 AM

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Personally, I find gratuitous profanity to be depressingly offensive and in the past have attributed it (perhaps simplistically) to an inability to express oneself. looked at objectively though, it's clear that eloquence and profanity are not mutually exclusive. Clever use of these words can be witty and even hilarious; repetitive use of a string of "four-letter words" in normal conversation is usually unacceptable.

Knowing that the internet never lies, I offer this link to put forth some research.

Ideas and thoughts from members will be viewed with effin' enthusiasm!

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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, January 14, 2019 11:48:21 AM

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towan52 wrote:
Personally, I find gratuitous profanity to be depressingly offensive and in the past have attributed it (perhaps simplistically) to an inability to express oneself. looked at objectively though, it's clear that eloquence and profanity are not mutually exclusive. Clever use of these words can be witty and even hilarious; repetitive use of a string of "four-letter words" in normal conversation is usually unacceptable.

Knowing that the internet never lies, I offer this link to put forth some research.

Ideas and thoughts from members will be viewed with effin' enthusiasm!

Well, personally I think **^!!*&^*# and !!&*#¬>, but otherwise, no problem!

The article, I found rather funny. They put forward the theory, despite the fact that they did three tests - one supported the theory, one contradicted it and they couldn't understand the results of the third!
Also there are questions within the questionnaire which are supposed to detect lies - but some experts think that a high score on these questions means that you lie, while other experts think that a low score means you lie . . .
That makes it awkward doesn't it?

Of course I never swear or curse, being a perfect gentleman.
Quote:
"Bad language or abuse,
I never, never use,
Whatever the emergency;
Though “Bother it” I may
Occasionally say,
I never use a big, big D."
–"What never?"
"Well, hardly ever."
Gilbert and Sullivan - H.M.S. Pinafore

(Of course, "the big D" is "Damn!" - shock, horror!)


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Romany
Posted: Monday, January 14, 2019 12:08:51 PM
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Glad I wasn't the only one Drago, who found the article rather funny! Maybe it's just because the idea of a word being "profane" is a concept that one doesn't expect to come across in 2019!

But, like you, I also wondered what on earth was the purpose of publishing an article which just says "Hey, we looked into it but couldn't come up with a definitive conclusion so we still don't know."
towan52
Posted: Monday, January 14, 2019 12:56:55 PM

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Romany wrote:
Glad I wasn't the only one Drago, who found the article rather funny! Maybe it's just because the idea of a word being "profane" is a concept that one doesn't expect to come across in 2019!

But, like you, I also wondered what on earth was the purpose of publishing an article which just says "Hey, we looked into it but couldn't come up with a definitive conclusion so we still don't know."


being somewhat involved in research, it's not that unusual to come across work that actually doesn't prove (or contend) anything in particular or even appears to contradict itself. Other bodies of research will come up with differing conclusions. The premise, "Consider the source" has value here. The link was not intended be a definitive resource - just to get a conversation going. My mother once told me, "I don't bloody swear, but my mother's a bugger at it!". Made me laugh!

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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, January 14, 2019 1:24:50 PM

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My mother had a stroke (many years ago) and lost the power of speech.

She kept trying and trying (even from the first moments of coming around after the stroke itself).
A few weeks later, she was given an injection, and said her first word - "Bugger!"


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Parpar1836
Posted: Monday, January 14, 2019 3:27:21 PM
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Well, bugger all!
Paulo Rogério 7
Posted: Monday, January 14, 2019 7:19:34 PM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
My mother had a stroke (many years ago) and lost the power of speech.

She kept trying and trying (even from the first moments of coming around after the stroke itself).
A few weeks later, she was given an injection, and said her first word - "Bugger!"

Indeed, the very first shocking words from childhood are the first to come back after an extense brain injury. Even though inappropriate sometimes, or used in a wrong context. I went through the suggested article and was impressed with this quote:
"The traits of narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism are collectively known as the “dark triad” of personality, and are associated with greater dishonesty" (and cursing as a whole, I learnt).
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