“Bad” Words

Have you ever stopped to think about words? We use them every day, either written or verbally. They’re the basis of everything in language. Each language uses its own words to convey a message.

It is fascinating that you can take a random combination of letters and make a word. Now you have words. Words are meaningless unless you give them some kind of definition. You could, for all intents and purposes, take the word “bird” and define it in whatever fashion you desire. So long as everyone agrees on the definition, that is what said word will become.

Most words are perfectly fine to use. Some words’ use is frowned upon, but, depending on the context of the sentence can be considered acceptable. Take the word “balls”. You can talk about any sports ball you want. In baseball, you can say the batter has 2 balls and 1 strike. You can hit the balls on a pool table. But if you use the word “balls” to refer to a man’s testicles, that is socially frowned upon. You never hear a sportscaster say that “Justin Turner got hit in the balls by the line drive”.

Many words have double meanings, one being acceptable, the other usually a slang term that might be inappropriate. Then there are the ones that are always deemed “bad”. Somewhere in the past, someone, probably in the Catholic Church, decided that certain words should not be uttered. Because of George Carlin’s “Seven Dirty Words” skit back in the late 1960s, early 70s, there was a lawsuit that went all the way to the Supreme Court, in which the FCC was given the right to censor material played on broadcast media, especially during hours in which children might be in the audience. Those words were deemed inappropriate.

Let’s look at modern society. Why does this archaic censorship still exist? Why are words like shit still bleeped? Some will argue that little children’s “sensitive ears” shouldn’t hear filthy language. Let me tell you right now, Susan, that there are 5-year-olds enrolled in kindergarten that are swearing a blue streak. There are junior high kids (is “junior high” still a thing, or is it “intermediate” or “middle school” now?) who say some things that would make a sailor blush. Hell, I’ve known families where they were teaching their toddlers, just learning to talk, how to say things like “fuck you”.

You hear people everywhere using all manner of offensive language (even at church), so why not just let the airwaves flow the same words freely? I mean, when watching an episode of “Hell’s Kitchen”, I want to hear Ramsay and the other chefs cuss each other out and hear all the insults unedited and uncensored. I wish I didn’t have to rely on YouTube to watch without every other word getting bleeped out.

Here is your quote of the day:

“Comedy is here to bring joy to the world, whether you want to hear the curse words or not.”

Kenan Thompson

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