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    :x What makes a swear word a swear word and who decides that it is one ?

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    The answer is that everybody decides. What is considered a swear word depends on time, place, and circumstance.

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    There is a degree of consensus.. Those who swear do it from choice and few would want the words to be acceptable in all situations.

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