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Breece6 posted this thread...
Mar. 25, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Jaded: :D
 
Back to the original topic:
 
So, is cursing or obscene language immoral, and under what circumstances? 
 
Is there a time when cursing is appropriate?  
 
What counts as a curse word?  How do we determine what language is obscene and inappropriate? 
 
Should people who's names may or may not start with an R and end with a -arelyJaded be inadequately censoring their cursing?  
 
:D
 
Post your opinions :P

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CollinF replied...
Mar. 25, 2013 at 7:24 pm

For us Christians, the Bible actually has a massive amount of space dedicated to the topic.





For everyone else, it's really just a matter of respect. The words themselves are just noises without attached meanings, and people therefore say the words with certain intentions. For instance, someone saying "pants" in Victorian England was rebelling against restraint, while someone saying "pants" in 21st century America is just communicating a concept.



In retrospect, it don't matter whatcha say, but how ya say it. However, social convention generally determines how words are used, so saying F*** is just about always a bad thing.

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CollinF replied...
Mar. 25, 2013 at 7:25 pm

 

For us Christians, the Bible actually has a massive amount of space dedicated to the topic. 

 

 

For everyone else, it's really just a matter of respect. The words themselves are just noises without attached meanings, and people therefore say the words with certain intentions. For instance, someone saying "pants" in Victorian England was rebelling against restraint, while someone saying "pants" in 21st century America is just communicating a concept. 

 

In retrospect, it don't matter whatcha say, but how ya say it. However, social convention generally determines how words are used, so saying F*%$ is just about always a bad thing.

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Imaginedangerous replied...
Mar. 25, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Yes, I think it's wrong. Not that you'll go to he.ll for saying 'he.ll', but the whole point of a swear word is that it's designed to offend people. At the very least it's inconsiderate and rude.

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RarelyJadedThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Mar. 25, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Why do people keep jabbing at me about cursing? I barely do it....
 
BREECE

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RarelyJadedThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Mar. 25, 2013 at 8:08 pm

P.s., I know it's bad and I'm trying to stop... I'm not perfect! 
 
AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

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RedsFan23This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Mar. 25, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Outside of the philosophical and moral implications, overdoing swear words is just a waste of time. When people drop Cluster F-bom.bs (as TV Tropes would say) in just about every sentence, they lose their point and just are obscene for the sake of being obscene. When a very important situation requires urgent help and a quick reaction, a well placed swear word to gain needed attention is, I think, justifiable. However, when you cus.s all the time for no point, people stop taking notice anyway. This could be summed up in what I call Aaron's First Law: The reaction to  a person's obscene language is inversely proportional to someone's expectation of said person using obscene language in the given situation.  Naturally, when you cu.ss more often, their reaction decreases.

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RarelyJadedThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Mar. 25, 2013 at 8:53 pm

bleepity bleep bleep 

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RarelyJadedThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Mar. 25, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Hey breece, not meaning to get off topic, but do you role play? If not, you should try it :) between you and me we could think of some really creative things.

Back on topic: bleepity bleep

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Literature_DarlingThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Mar. 26, 2013 at 9:15 am

In my opinion, cursing is not a sin. Yet, it probably isn't the best thing to do. In the new testament Jesus calls someone (can't remember who off the top of my head) a son of a snake. That sounds a lot like a phrase we like to use involving a female dog. And because Jesus never sinned, saying said phrase can't be a sin.
But, like most commands in the Bible it is a heart issue. If you say a curse word out of hate for another person, you have sinned just as much as if you had said anything out of hate. 



From a non christian point of view. Curse words are cultuarl. In Ireland the "F" word is used like any other non curse word. Even the little children were saying it.  In a few hundred years, people will look back and laugh about the "curse words" we use now
 

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half.noteThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Mar. 26, 2013 at 11:18 am

I seriously despise expletives.
 
I think it's just trashy and rude to swear, even if you are in a panicky situation.
 
 
My friends know that if they swear around me they get the look. By not swearing I set myself apart from the regular riff-raff and better represent Christ and stand apart as one of his "peculiar people."
 
"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light." (1 Peter 2:9)
 
 
God wants his people to be pure and to represent his perfect character. You can't do this if you are cursing all the time, or even just on occasions when something bad happens.
So, instead of a swear on your lips when you get angry or scared, there should be a prayer.
 
"Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile." (Psalm 34:14)
 
"For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil." (1 Peter 3:10-12)

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Imaginedangerous replied...
Mar. 26, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Literature_Darling- Yes, curse words are cultural, but that doesn't mean they aren't offensive.

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Literature_DarlingThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Mar. 26, 2013 at 10:25 pm

The very fact that we find it offensive is cultural. Just like in africa women go around shirtless and no one thinks anything of it, but if people started doing it in cities most people would find it "offensive". It's all about perspective...

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CollinF replied...
Mar. 26, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Cultural doesn't equal moral or even morally neutral. It was cultural for the Phoenecians to burn their babies alive for Molech.
 
Maybe the Irish just need to sober up and quit bottle-feedin' their babies whiskey so they can act half-decent and not know the F-word before they can walk. Which I can say, cause I'm mostly Irish. :)

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leafyThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Mar. 26, 2013 at 10:53 pm

*appears*
 
>.>
 
<.<
 
OMG.
 
I'm gonna start going around calling people I don't like "sons of snakes"...
 
<.<
 
>.>
 
*disappears*

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RarelyJadedThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Mar. 26, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Lol leafy. I personally like son of a biscuit eater myselfs :P

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Imaginedangerous replied...
Mar. 27, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Dang, just lost the response I typed… I’ll try to get close…
 
In Treasure Island, Long John Silver calls a guy “You son of a Dutchman!” This was, of course, during the height of British superiority. :)
 
On a more serious note, the users of a language determine it’s meaning. The users of American English have determined that ‘s---’ is an extremely offensive way to express the concept of manure. If you choose to use ‘s---’ instead of ‘manure’, then that indicates you are trying to offend/shock/insult your audience. The literal meanings or regional usage of words don’t matter nearly as much as the connotations and intentions that come with them.
 
I don’t think ‘bloody’ is offensive, just because of where I’ve been raised. But I’d never dream of using it in front of someone from England because it’s a word we both know is designed to offend in England. (Not that I use it normally, of course… :) Likewise, I object to someone using ‘s---’ to me, even if it was acceptable 500 years ago (it was a commonplace phrase in Elizabethan England). Whether a word is or was acceptable in another place or time isn’t as relevant as whether it’s acceptable here and now.

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Mar. 31, 2013 at 7:01 pm

I personally think cursing is fine, just as long as the person saying it isn't saying it simply for the reason that it's a curse word. I'm not really sure why most swear words are considered bad, and it seems silly to me. I don't curse usually because my parents are way against it. But I use those words when appropriate, because, like I said, it all seems kind of silly to me.

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Breece6 replied...
Mar. 31, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Imagine, Rarely, Half.note, etc.:
 
So if you use a word that might be considered a curseword, like "A--" for instance, but you use it with company that you know are not offended by it and don't view it as foul language, and that you yourself don't view it that way either, is it okay?

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half.noteThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Mar. 31, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Words that I (and most of society) consider to be curse words I would never say, even if the people I was with thought it was okay.
 
You have to ask the question, "What would Jesus do?"
 
Or even better yet, "Would you say that word if you were talking to Jesus?"
 
 
Swearing and cursing should not be part of our vocabulary, no matter the circumstance.
 
We should use pure and gentle language that reflects the perfect and sinless nature of Christ. It is our duty as Christians.
 
 
And by the way, the word "A--" is just another word for donkey. Well, it's used that way in the Bible, anyways. So I would only use it when reading my Bible. (Though it's still rather awkward for me. :P)

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