Gooday c***s, hey there from Australia!
F**k me why has profanity become a social norm. In today’s western society profanity carries little value as it did in the past. Even I am a culprit of swearing repeatedly throughout the day, swearing on occasion when it just isn’t necessary. I cannot comprehend how swearing in the past was looked down upon but now it is seen as the daily norm. It is important to note that language is evolving as a whole, but the trait of obscene language has expanded.
Undoubtedly is one of the worlds most recognised universal words, that is used on a daily basis. Have you ever wondered about the history of the F-word? YES! I totally have. The word f**k is of German origin, derived from the word Frichen, which means to hit or strike. The initial meaning of the word was for sexual intercourse, but in a very heightened crude sense. The word was so frowned upon that there was little to no evidence of the words use prior to the sixteenth century. Poets of the early sixteenth century refused to write the word down in full, they would drop the ending of the word as it was perceived to be too obscene to make mention of, let alone wright down. Other methods to avoid using the word in literature included using synonyms like the word swive, which is very similar in a sexual context but is yet a more accepted word. By the end of the sixteenth century the word was published in an Italian-English dictionary composed by John Florio. This was true indication that the word would expand worldwide. Not until the nineteenth century did the word expand beyond its sexual connotation and receive its use in a non-literal sense. It is now used to express incompetence, dissatisfaction, dismissal, insult, offend, relieve pain, negatives and positives and my personal favourite to express emotion. The word can be used as a transitive verb, Greg f**ked Emma; an intransitive verb, Greg f**ks…; an adjective Greg is doing all the f**king work; an adverb, Greg sleeps too f**king much; an adverb enhancing the adjective, Greg is f**king massive; a noun, I don’t give a f**k and one of its last main uses is as part of a word, in-f**king-credible. We have today’s technology to thank for the worldwide expansion of the word as it is commonly used in pop culture and music to name a few. The F.bomb is literally the bomb, not only has the word become pivotal in my life but thank f**k for the development of this word as it is the easiest way to release emotions.
Being an Australian citizen another of the most common swear words we have in Australia is the C-word. The C-word is a word that has not differed too much over time but has still maintained a potent kick of offensiveness, it can be viewed as the epitome of rudeness when making reference to a female. The word c**t is initially derived from ancient Egypt where it meant female. Over time it maintained that female connection. The Anglo-Saxon’s modified the meaning to an area of female anatomy. The word has been so heavily scrutanised that it is viewed as taboo. Even Shakespeare refused to publish the word in full, cutting the word down to “her C’s.” By the sixteenth century modified words that were less offensive were created, such as “cunny” derived from the word “coney”. Eventually the word coney would be depreciated entirely and be replaced by the word “rabbit”. There were attempts to soften the crude nature of the word c**t but that failed. Over time the word still maintained its obscenity; it has been used in music. Artists who have utilised the word have received criticism for their poor wording, such as Banks. Geographical location has played a pivotal role in the way that c**t is received as an insult; within America the word is looked down upon whilst in Australia the word mate has almost been a substitute for the word c**t. It is an indication of strong comradeship. The word is not used in a derogatory sense. C**t is one of the few explicit words which has maintained a varying infidelity in society. The meaning of the word has altered slightly from location to location but still remains derogatory.
It is evident that swearing has evolved over time and that through society it has achieved its vulgarity. Society has developed to the extent to which these profound, insulting, coarse and abusive word have been accepted and lost their taboo and unmentionable nature. “As modernism challenged Victorian customs of repression and censorship, plenty of other once-forbidden words entered the modern lexicon.” Geographical context has emphasised the meaning of words, where words can be more accepted in another area than elsewhere. Overall swearing has served to be both beneficial and destructive. The offensive nature of this particular area of language is both intrusive yet satisfying to us mere mortals.
Thanks for reading.
Cya later f*****s
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