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Introduction:

Swearing or cussing is a very common habit today and it seems to be part of the everyday language for many people. Malcolm X once said that people swear because they cannot find the words to express themselves. Almost everyone occasionally slips and swears but why do many people constantly swear?

Swearing As an Expression

People swear and cuss as a way of communicating some kind of emotion. A bad attitude, anger, discouragement, frustration, depression or even happiness are some of them main reasons people swear. The truth is that the majority of educated people are not impressed by a person who constantly swears.

Raised That Way

Many people come from homes where swearing was a constant communication and don't even realize it's offensive to others. Raising your own awareness as to how often you swear is a good way to see how much you actually do it.

Follow the Crowd

Teenagers or the younger generation have a lot of peer pressure and have to listen to swearing constantly in school and college or the workplace. It is socially acceptable if you cuss and swear like the "cool" crowd.

Addicted to Cussing

Some people swear so much that they can't talk without it. Their vocabulary is very limited and they are too lazy to find intelligent words to replace the constant swearing. Constant cussing does not sound intelligent.

Don't Care Attitude

Some people quite frankly "don't give a damn" and enjoy making it known. It used to be that sailors were the big cussers, gentlemen would hold their tongue around ladies and women would rarely swear. Today it is the opposite and women and men hold nothing back with their constant swearing in any social gathering, which many people still find offensive, unattractive and ignorant.

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  • sainteu 9/13/2012

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    You'll love this guy:
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  • litetender 3/2/2011

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    All true. I agree with Emma ... they lack real vocabulary! Great list, H5!

  • goodselfme 11/14/2010

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    Very good reasons why people use curse words and swear. I personally steer clear of people who cuss.

  • IzzyDuncan 11/10/2010

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    Great summary. I use cuss words and vocabulary that includes a mix of words that aren't swearing but are said with the same power as cuss words. It provides a bit of humor to a situation that demands "power" words, such as driving in rush hour!

  • JennyHeart 11/9/2010

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    Thumbs up on this list. This list needs to be in newspapers. Maybe then more people would take notice of how they speak. Swearing is not smart!

  • tamron 11/8/2010

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    This list is original that is why I checked it out. Good subject and so true 5*

  • ElaineChastain 11/8/2010

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    This is a great topic. I tell people swearing makes them look uninteligent. Smart people have better vocabularies and they use them.

  • EmmaRileySutton 11/8/2010

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    My mother told me that people used "language like that" because they had limited vocabularies. I tell my daughter the same thing - there are so many other words that work just as well, if not better. Thanks for publishing this on List My Five.

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