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2014-06-24 12:41:11 AM
Bullshiat
 
2014-06-24 05:26:55 AM
Not impressed.

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2014-06-24 07:32:02 AM
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2014-06-24 07:50:54 AM
no f***king way!
 
GBB [TotalFark]
2014-06-24 07:54:48 AM
I was expecting either new words or a new way to string them together.

/Leaving disappointed
//Monkeyfarking shait asses

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2014-06-24 07:55:05 AM
"an eight-letter word for animal excrement."

Oohh... I know this one.... uh.... "Politics"?
 
2014-06-24 08:13:01 AM
Of course, there's variability-some people don't say any swear words and some say hundreds more

In order to maintain the average, three people were not allowed to curse at all until Dennis Farina died.
 
2014-06-24 08:28:44 AM
Am I missing something, or does TFA pretty much say the exact opposite of subby's headline? The Internet has changed how much cursing we read and hear, but not how much we do.

On the other hand, my farking kids certainly got exposed to it a lot farking earlier than I farking did. I farking hope that doesn't make it farking harder for them to farking control their speech as farking adults.
 
2014-06-24 08:30:52 AM
farkitty-bye!
 
2014-06-24 08:42:25 AM

jfarkinB: Am I missing something, or does TFA pretty much say the exact opposite of subby's headline? The Internet has changed how much cursing we read and hear, but not how much we do.

On the other hand, my farking kids certainly got exposed to it a lot farking earlier than I farking did. I farking hope that doesn't make it farking harder for them to farking control their speech as farking adults.


My theory is. if they know it, and understadn that it is bad, maybe they will learn sooner to not do it. I came up with this theory because I swear I have turrets <sp> and swear all the time. I try my hardest not too around them, but sometimes them little shiats just ask for it.
 
Boe
2014-06-24 09:02:54 AM

deadsanta: farkitty-bye!


The best kind of bye
 
2014-06-24 09:18:00 AM

usttsdw: jfarkinB: Am I missing something, or does TFA pretty much say the exact opposite of subby's headline? The Internet has changed how much cursing we read and hear, but not how much we do.

On the other hand, my farking kids certainly got exposed to it a lot farking earlier than I farking did. I farking hope that doesn't make it farking harder for them to farking control their speech as farking adults.

My theory is. if they know it, and understadn that it is bad, maybe they will learn sooner to not do it. I came up with this theory because I swear I have turrets <sp> and swear all the time. I try my hardest not too around them, but sometimes them little shiats just ask for it.


This has been my experience. My boys love watching game-play videos on youtube. There's a bunch of relatively clean ones where they must realize they have a younger audience and tone the language down. But you'll still get an occasional "Holy shiat!" or "What the fark was that?"  The boys have learned that we don't really like those kind of words and never say them, at least within earshot. But there was one time when my four year old was out with mom and they saw something weird. He yelled out, "What the Hell?" That was pretty funny.
 
2014-06-24 09:22:09 AM

jfarkinB: Am I missing something, or does TFA pretty much say the exact opposite of subby's headline? The Internet has changed how much cursing we read and hear, but not how much we do.


Which I could've told them. Back in the 50s or 60s my grandmother recorded her friends to show them how much swearing they do, then she had to destroy the tape because she was swearing the most out of anyone.

People haven't changed. All that's changed is that people with a supposed sense of "propriety" are no longer able to curate our entire culture, so the secret's out; the voices of actual people get through, and the kind of person who only swears when they think nobody's looking finds this distressing. Artificial morality like this, much like everything in our society, has always secretly been a class issue. Only poor, low-class people with no social standing to lose can say what they're actually thinking.
 
2014-06-24 09:28:13 AM
People complain about the job market. How about copy editing? Obviously, no one is doing that job anymore.
 
2014-06-24 09:29:09 AM

sxacho: usttsdw: jfarkinB: Am I missing something, or does TFA pretty much say the exact opposite of subby's headline? The Internet has changed how much cursing we read and hear, but not how much we do.

On the other hand, my farking kids certainly got exposed to it a lot farking earlier than I farking did. I farking hope that doesn't make it farking harder for them to farking control their speech as farking adults.

My theory is. if they know it, and understadn that it is bad, maybe they will learn sooner to not do it. I came up with this theory because I swear I have turrets <sp> and swear all the time. I try my hardest not too around them, but sometimes them little shiats just ask for it.

This has been my experience. My boys love watching game-play videos on youtube. There's a bunch of relatively clean ones where they must realize they have a younger audience and tone the language down. But you'll still get an occasional "Holy shiat!" or "What the fark was that?"  The boys have learned that we don't really like those kind of words and never say them, at least within earshot. But there was one time when my four year old was out with mom and they saw something weird. He yelled out, "What the Hell?" That was pretty funny.


Yea, my 5 year old pulled something like that at grannies the other day. She was mumbling and mumbling about something, and they kept asking her what she was talking about. Finally, she yells out "A BIG ASS ANT"

How do you not laugh at that.
 
2014-06-24 09:33:40 AM
How bout we just get over the ridiculous idea of swear words. There's really no reason to be offended by what we commonly call swear words.  Seriously, ask WHY they're offensive. The only answer you'll get is "they just are."

You can say something incredibly offensive and hurtful without using any swear words. At the same time, you can say something positive and uplifting while using swear words.

It is the context in which words are used that make them offensive. When it comes to racial slurs, there are far fewer contexts in which those words aren't offensive, but again, it still isn't the word itself that is offensive, but how it's used. A word being offensive in an of itself is a stupid concept we need to get rid of.
 
2014-06-24 09:57:26 AM

Twigz221: How bout we just get over the ridiculous idea of swear words. There's really no reason to be offended by what we commonly call swear words. Seriously, ask WHY they're offensive. The only answer you'll get is "they just are."


You misunderstand.  Without the offensiveness, they lose their utility, and just become fillers like "like" or "um".  When offensive, it helps make the difference between a loser and a farking loser.
 
2014-06-24 10:03:47 AM

Donnchadha: "an eight-letter word for animal excrement."

Oohh... I know this one.... uh.... "Politics"?


We also would have accepted:  Congress, campaign, governor, senators, etc.
 
2014-06-24 10:57:43 AM

Twigz221: How bout we just get over the ridiculous idea of swear words. There's really no reason to be offended by what we commonly call swear words.  Seriously, ask WHY they're offensive. The only answer you'll get is "they just are."

You can say something incredibly offensive and hurtful without using any swear words. At the same time, you can say something positive and uplifting while using swear words.

It is the context in which words are used that make them offensive. When it comes to racial slurs, there are far fewer contexts in which those words aren't offensive, but again, it still isn't the word itself that is offensive, but how it's used. A word being offensive in an of itself is a stupid concept we need to get rid of.


BURMA!

/I panicked
 
2014-06-24 11:43:16 AM
I love when small children curse - especially as as a conversation opener. My neighbors had lived here two days when their 4 year old rang my doorbell. Lovely little girl with a head full of blonde curls and big green eyes and a 100 watt smile. First thing out of that angelic mouth?

"Have you seen my fuc&ing dog?"

Her family and ours? Tight as farking thieves for 6 years now. I have joyously taught that child to curse in 3 languages over the years, to her grandmother's horror.
 
2014-06-24 12:01:43 PM

usttsdw: jfarkinB: Am I missing something, or does TFA pretty much say the exact opposite of subby's headline? The Internet has changed how much cursing we read and hear, but not how much we do.

On the other hand, my farking kids certainly got exposed to it a lot farking earlier than I farking did. I farking hope that doesn't make it farking harder for them to farking control their speech as farking adults.

My theory is. if they know it, and understadn that it is bad, maybe they will learn sooner to not do it. I came up with this theory because I swear I have turrets <sp> and swear all the time. I try my hardest not too around them, but sometimes them little shiats just ask for it.


I guess you are referring to the popular image of Tourette's syndrome. Note that actual sufferers have physical tics they cannot control, as well as verbal outbursts, usually of a couple of specific words - only a minority does this happen to be swear words, it could just as easily be "fish". From the sounds of it you just swear a lot, which is fine, but you want to pretend away being responsible for your own actions, which is not unless and until you are diagnosed by an objective professional, as you are just using an excuse to avoid addressing your own behavior.


Note that I don't care whether people decide to swear in front of their kids or not, I don't think it really matters much in the end - they will have learned them all by about age 6 anyway (although probably not what they actually mean), it is just self-diagnosing diseases gives a way out to excuse virtually anything, and is not a healthy way to behave.
 
2014-06-24 12:14:22 PM

ikanreed: Twigz221: How bout we just get over the ridiculous idea of swear words. There's really no reason to be offended by what we commonly call swear words. Seriously, ask WHY they're offensive. The only answer you'll get is "they just are."

You misunderstand.  Without the offensiveness, they lose their utility, and just become fillers like "like" or "um".  When offensive, it helps make the difference between a loser and a farking loser.


Nothing like a precision F-strike. Observe the power: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPQesbEnLuU (NSFW, obviously unless you work in a Martin Scorsese mafia outfit)
 
2014-06-24 12:38:22 PM

xria: usttsdw: jfarkinB: Am I missing something, or does TFA pretty much say the exact opposite of subby's headline? The Internet has changed how much cursing we read and hear, but not how much we do.

On the other hand, my farking kids certainly got exposed to it a lot farking earlier than I farking did. I farking hope that doesn't make it farking harder for them to farking control their speech as farking adults.

My theory is. if they know it, and understadn that it is bad, maybe they will learn sooner to not do it. I came up with this theory because I swear I have turrets <sp> and swear all the time. I try my hardest not too around them, but sometimes them little shiats just ask for it.

I guess you are referring to the popular image of Tourette's syndrome. Note that actual sufferers have physical tics they cannot control, as well as verbal outbursts, usually of a couple of specific words - only a minority does this happen to be swear words, it could just as easily be "fish". From the sounds of it you just swear a lot, which is fine, but you want to pretend away being responsible for your own actions, which is not unless and until you are diagnosed by an objective professional, as you are just using an excuse to avoid addressing your own behavior.


Note that I don't care whether people decide to swear in front of their kids or not, I don't think it really matters much in the end - they will have learned them all by about age 6 anyway (although probably not what they actually mean), it is just self-diagnosing diseases gives a way out to excuse virtually anything, and is not a healthy way to behave.


Dude, was just joking about it.

/welcome to fark.
 
2014-06-24 01:04:12 PM
It's certainly changed how much I swear, that's for farking sure.
 
2014-06-24 02:14:04 PM
The internet has changed a lot of things in communication.

Including how we write to one another.
 
2014-06-24 03:47:30 PM

Twigz221: It is the context in which words are used that make them offensive. When it comes to racial slurs, there are far fewer contexts in which those words aren't offensive, but again, it still isn't the word itself that is offensive, but how it's used. A word being offensive in an of itself is a stupid concept we need to get rid of.


...except that swearing has profound neurological effects. Sure, it's silly to get offended by particular words -- but we're silly creatures, with silly minds, built silly from the brainstem up.

The power of "bad words" goes deep below our rational thought processes. Dismissing the idea of offensive words as "a stupid concept" is, itself, stupid, because it denies their very real power and utility.
 
2014-06-24 09:42:04 PM
Belgium.
 
2014-06-25 08:12:54 AM
I've been cursing like a drunken sailor since I was 8. No signs of it leting up anytime soon
 
2014-06-25 05:03:56 PM

GBB: I was expecting either new words or a new way to string them together.

/Leaving disappointed
//Monkeyfarking shait asses

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Here's one I learned a few years ago: I got a Red Hot Chili Peppers album and one of the tracks was labeled "C****n". I couldn't figure out what swear-word it was referring to. Some Googling told me it was "Cabron", which is a swear-word in Spanish. The literal meaning is "goat", but used as a curse it means "cuckold", with the connotation of "your wife is openly doing other men and you're too wimpy to object". And according to the Internet, close male friends might use it as a term of endearment, as with other swear words.
 
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