English Swearing: Foul Language, Foul Language

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Swearing has been a part of the English language for a long time, foul language as it is also known, appears in many languages. Offensive language can be heard in everyday speech and it is becoming more and more common around the world. Swearing can also be a sign of people not being educated well enough. If they were educated well, they would possibly use a little bit less swearing to properly express their emotions due to having a larger vocabulary. Swearing is mostly an unconscious reaction to express emotion, like when you get hurt or you lose something valuable. Swearing was originally seen as slang but it was decided by scholars that swear words were not to be put into dictionaries. Over time swearing has become more acceptable due to increased exposure through music and television. ”Swear words” were eventually put into dictionaries because it became more acceptable for people to swear. Keywords: Swearing, English, History, Foul Language, Taboo A Short History of English Swearing The phrase foul language, can be described as a selection of words that is likely to cause offence to someone when used in conversation (McEnery, 2006). Foul language is something that is becoming more accepted in general. Swearing can be heard in music, various celebrity channels like Television and even the news (Hughes, 2006). Despite this, swearing is not a new idea, but is something that people have been doing for a very long time (Bryson, 1990). A short history In a study done by Dr.

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