I've recently tried to reduce my swearing. I think I picked up the habit over time to project a certain aggressiveness I didn't feel due to the anxiety.
But I've found that percussive swearing sounds negative, it's filled with tension even when your tone is light, and I didn't enjoy hearing it from others, so why do it myself.
After I stopped swearing as often I've found I'm less negative in general. Some will blow it off as being silly, they're 'just words', but I really think it has an impact on the way we're perceived- but more importantly, how we perceive ourselves.
I drop the occasional f-bomb and generally don't mind when other people do. Only with people I'm very comfortable with though....and I'd never swear to an elder or superior (it's a respect thing).
Random people who swear every second word make me uncomfortable.
I hardly ever swear, I just see no use for it when I can find another word, or phrase, to express whatever I'm trying to express.
I do occasionally swear, just because it slips out before I can really think about it. Or even sometimes, just to amuse myself, as I know I'm not the type to swear a lot.
I never swear, I'm afraid that people will think I do it to look "cool". If a person swears I doubt we will ever become friends. To me swearing is like saying "don't play on my nerves or I'll kick your ***", showing some "advantage", I don't know :um
I'm very sensetive to words and sounds
I swear all the time. But only with people I am familiar with. Its just the way some people talk. I dont find swearing offensive; I find ignorance, racism, sexism etc offensive. There are so much worse things than saying ****.
I wish I felt comfortable arround other people to swear..I read somewhere then when people are comfortable talking like this when together, it makes for a stronger friendship...cause there is a kind of trust there..
I don't find swearing offensive. I think people in this country are way too uptight about just about everything. They're just words. I went to Europe and the public TV channels have F-bombs and nudity. Swearing was casual and commonplace at any streetcorner. Magazine stands had porn and even the some of the newspapers had nudity. Over here, Janet Jackson's pastie gets exposed, or someone slips an F-bomb, and the FCC and a million viewers flip out. It's so ridiculous it's actually funny.
Furthermore, people who take offense to racists, sexists, etc. are giving those people's opinions way too much credit. Why care what a bigot thinks? Let them say those things and sound like an ignorant fool. I am white, male, Irish and English background. Call me a "Mick", a "Cracker", or hate on men and I will just laugh. I never understood why people get so offended by morons' meaningless opinions. What does bother me are the double standards which haven't gone away, but that is for another thread I suppose.
I used to swear lots but not much anymore, usually only in frustration here & there. I think it's unbecoming of someone to swear every second word, it takes away from their character most times. That said I think swear words are at times the most expressive of words. Saying **** can really convey a lot in certain situations