So why is it that b*tch, f*ck, Sh*t...etc. etc., are considered curse words? They all enjoy legit definitions and be originally meant for something bar what they are now. Why is this?
Since the earliest moments of modern human prose 100,000 years ago, there be things which people feared--death and the spirit world. Linked to this be processes which were not completely understood--conception (including the procreative act) and the inner workings of the human body. As a response to that fearfulness or ignorance certain groups of words become taboo, which means that you don't natter about them. Why not communicate about them? Because by naming extermination, you summoned it to you; by talking give or take a few reproduction, you risked the life of the unborn; by naming a departed relative, you summoned their ghost; by chitchat about a body bit used in reproduction, you risked its hiccup; by naming a deity, you call it to you and that was never a suitable idea.
Death is a adjectives one. No one says, "My father died". People enunciate, "He passed away", "He went to stumble upon his Maker", "He went to the great golf course within the sky". In fact, we know that near was an Old English word that expected "to die", because the Middle English word is clearly derived from an Old English word, but it was never, ever written down anywhere within all the Old English text that exist. In some cultures, you never again mention the name of a unmoving person.
Another adjectives place for taboo words is in human reproduction. We don't articulate, "I f**ked her and she got pregnant" within polite company. You say, "We fell contained by love and she is now ingestion for two." The same goes for fritter away elimination processes.
When someone say a taboo word, the common impulse is to cringe or shy away from that person. You don't want to bring the wrath of spirit down on your head, you don't want extermination to come, you don't want a woman to miscarry. All these things are common responses to the use of taboo words.
"Cursing" is only just an extension of the use of taboo words. In Modern English, there is a faultless set of words referring to body waste obliteration, the reproductive act, and the body parts used surrounded by that act, that are considered wrong to use within polite company. This is just a modern revision of the taboo words that have other been next to us.
EDIT: And BTW, there is not a single solitary curse word surrounded by English that is derived from an acronym. They are adjectives ancient words in English and date wager on to Proto-Germanic. In fact, 2500 years ago, "f**k" be the POLITE way to gossip about intercourse. Then it be the POLITE way to converse about breeding animals. It is one and only in the closing few centuries that it became taboo and not a respectable word to use surrounded by formal settings.
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Probably how general public takes it and how its compared and used, if someone started (as within society) such the word: Pen(lol) instead of F* you! they would say Pen you, and of ancestors takes it as impolite, then THAT word (pen) would become a cuss word, so this happen how the people surrounded by society takes it.
it was that one guy. he's such a hater.
People have discovered few words within general and as the time progressed some of those words become offensive. You should see that surrounded by olden days ***** was never an licentious word rather it be pride for the people as they belonged to solely few riches.
Even the "freedom of speech" amendment doesn't clear it okay to use these words. How sad is that??
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the word Fu*k come from an abbreviation of a sign. Years ago, it be illegal to enjoy sex unless you had the king's authorization so if you had consent from the king you be allowed to have sex. People would know this by lifeless a sign on the door which read
"Fornication Under Consent of the King"
If you take the possessions letters of these words it spells FU*K and relations would refer to it in its abbreviated jargon. Hope this helps. I notably, highly recommend an article contained by last September's New York Times call "Almost Before We Spoke, We Swore." It cuts right to the heart of what you're looking for.
Curse words date posterior to the early 17th century. It be said that Witches invented them. It was believed that when a witch put a spell (or a curse) on something, they would bellow certain words. These words be thus believed to hold bad things and be not accepted. The history passed on for years and years, however, within the 1900's people started using the words as a ability of pillory. The meaning of the words continued to evolve and are what we hear today.
people are WAY too slickly offended. lame. revulsion society....what about you??
Anthropologists' studies in "taboo" may be of some worth in adjectives this. But I have found that it is scarce to explain how MANY cultures understand and use oaths/swearing and curses, or their relationship to what is profane/vulgar or obscene. That includes the Hebrew culture as powerfully as the process by which "dirty words" have come to be call "cursing" or "swearing".I think it is much more cooperative to understand these things contained by terms of treating God (and so his name) near HONOR, as special, not cheap or "profane".
The biggest problem I see is with the theory that the mere utterance of certain words or statements somehow AUTOMATICALLY (we might voice 'magically') causes things to take place. As a matter of reality, though the words involved in taking oath or calling down curses were considered serious and to be used near CARE, that does not mean nation had the conception the words could NOT be uttered. To begin near, there be NO sort of absolute prohibition against speaking the divine term that would be used to swear an oath (e.g., "I swear by the LORD").
It is in some ways better to reflect of his as first of all LEGAL terms -- formulas that were considered legitimately binding, and so not to be used lightly. At indistinguishable time, using the divine name to filch an oath that was a LIE is to DISHONOR the given name of God. In fact, the signature of God was to be held surrounded by the highest honor, to be regard as "holy" not cheap or common. So to use it weakly was to "PROFANE" it, to treat it as not holy or worthy or honor, but cheap or abandon. (The same goes for touching a sanctified object which be often done when taking an oath.)
This is what is trailing the command 'do not take the pet name of the LORD in vain'. This applied first of adjectives to swearing oaths, after by extension to other ways of speaking the LORD's name (perhaps to construct a formal pronouncement "in the baptize of the LORD") that treated it as common/profane and so brought dishonor on it. (There is also biblical formula that seems oath-related that may express like idea. It is commonly translated "far be it from me [to do thus and such]", but may surrounded by fact be determined "may it be an act of profaning [that is, sacrilege] if I. . . ")
There are, as expected, other sorts of language that are considered "comon" or "profane" or "vulgar". The most extreme luggage would be crude or OBSCENE. To associate such language beside what is considered sacred/holy (like God's name or things associated next to his worship) would be to profane them in the strongest mode possible. (This would, in some contexts, be considered BLASPHEMY. Blasphemy, within the narrowest sense, is pronouncing a curse on GOD.More broadly it is speaking directly against God, defaming his heading and character.)
Now the other part of the pack of swearing an oath (besides the use of God's name) is the calling down of a 'conditional curse' on what who lies or fails to do what they are solemnly promising ("May God trendsetter me [in this particular way] if I am lying" or "Cursed by the one who fail to obey this decree.")In fact, this is such a central use of curses, that "cursing" and "swearing" are often used synonymously.
Since the cenral command roughly speaking swearing an oath (with a curse) is not to do so lightly, or to treat God's holy identify as empty/common/profane, and since certain langauge (such as 'obscenities') is considere "the MOST profane", it is not surprising that the use of such terminology is associated with the WRONG (prohibited) sort of "swearing" or "cursing".
Note to that "profane" (obscene, 'dirty') native tongue is not simply a matter of the subject thing, but of speaking about things that are to be guarded or treated near respect, not lightly or cheaply. This is especially for words connected beside sex, then secondarily near other more 'private' bodily functions. It IS NOT always that such things are not to be spoken of. It may simply be a situation of how and when. To do so without aid and respect is to treat if profanely and is SHAME-ful (the opposite of HONOR).In this sense, they are much similar to oaths and curses. The talking is all "strong language", to be treated beside care.
Another factor that may contribute to this association is that CURSES may use 'very strong' terms to INSULT those who are considered to deserve the curse, as well as contained by the curse itself. This may include things that are or border on 'obscenity'. A biblical example of this may be found in an oath by David (in 1 Samuel 25), swearing to avenge himself on one who have treated him shamefully, by putting to the sword "all the males" of his household -- but the Hebew does not influence "all the males". Rather is say what the KJV rather ably renders "all those who p*ss against a wall". The jargon is meant a strong INSULT.
Note that we *especially* reflect of these words as "curse (swear) words"/"cursing ("swearing") when they are shouted in a burst of anger, commonly directed (as an insult or evil-wish [like a curse!]) against another person). D*** you/F*** you/Go to H*** , you ****.... may have terrifically much the same 'feel' and intent' Source(s):
(graduate studies surrounded by Near Eastern languages and contained by "oath" formulas)
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