to swear or not to swear

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All languages and cultures of the World have words which are considered to be inaproppriate and should not be used within a erudite conversation or text. These are of course swear words. Although for some, swearing is seen as “a valuable and valid contribution to the great diversity of our language” (Gray 2000), it is still treated a disrespectful and immature way to convey your message. Swearing has become a common way of communicating, and it is clear that it corrupts moral values in a society. It is most commonly used by young male teenagers, who want to gain respect among their social groups. It makes them belong and gain popularity. This contributes to the demoralization of language use and makes the young people look more immature and unsophisticated. The use of foul language can also lead to aggression and violent acts. Although Timothy Jay (2004) refers swearing as a “way to relieve anger and frustration in a nonphysical way“, it can still be a sign of hostility to somebody and induce into brutality. Swearing shows you have a bad attitude and it can make you lose the respect people have for you and cause trouble. Foul language has invaded its way into today´s society, and it is considered normal and even allowed in some cases. A lot of it is caused by the media. Movies and TV shows no longer find swear words so improper and use them quite spontaneously. This shows a bad example for youngsters who may start using them the same way and make these words more acceptable in everyday life. In contrast, some refer foul words as useful means of expressing anger, and claim that they are a necessity in a language. As Miranda Suit (2004) explains "If people have no swear words left, who knows - they might not be able to express their anger and might end up hitting someone." Although the fact of not being able to express anger in words can lead to violence, it can
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