A once forbidden language has become a part of our society

Reg Chatman Jr., Staff Writer and ScotCenter Editor

Swearing, which at one point was a forbidden thing, has become a common part of peoples lives.  Why has it become such a common occurrence for people to swear?
In a poll of 133 Carlmont students, 111 people responded yes to a question asking if they partake in swearing.

“People are starting to care less in front of others. They say whatever is on their mind… because they don’t feel it affects anyone,” said sophomore Cesar Arredondo.

This creates two categories of people consisting of people who swear and people who avoid words they feel are wrong, inappropriate or profane.

The reasons for swearing or abstaining from it vary from person to person.

“I don’t really know why. I just do it. It happens,”said junior Nick Newberry. “If you’re around your friends nobody cares. It might be because it’s a simpler way of speaking.”

“I find it unnecessary. I think if it’s done too much, it comes off as offensive,” said junior Athena Duran. “I don’t feel right doing it. I feel like I’m doing something bad. It doesn’t make me feel comfortable.”

Kids are starting to become exposed to swear words earlier in life than ever before.

With the amount of profanity shown on television, radio, and closer to home sources like close family and even parents, swearing has become integrated into the minds of kids by the time they can speak.

In the same poll, 23 percent of students said that their parents don’t know that they swear.

“When I go home, there’s a switch and I don’t do it. At school I do it without trying. When I go home, it’s the opposite. I don’t think ‘oh I should not swear,’ I just don’t,” said Newberry. “When you are around teachers, or an interview or your family, you can’t be as dumb.”
“Parents can’t control that much stuff anymore. [People] can say whatever they want on the internet and parents can’t control it,” said sophomore Cesar Arredondo.
People also associate swearing with being in pain or when scared.

In an episode of the tv show Mythbuster’s released on Apr. 28, 2010 called MythBusters: No Pain, No Gain proved that yelling swear words instead of yelling other words decreases pain by an average of 30 percent.

“People don’t know how to take out their anger on other things,” said sophomore Brandon Cuschieri.

Whether one swears or not depends on who one is and what one’s background is.