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    profane language

    Are there any circumstances in which it is acceptable to use profane language when writing informally? I'm thinking particularly of people responding to blogs.

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    Re: profane language

    I suppose this depends on your or the others personality. I don't find anything wrong with it.

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    Re: profane language

    Swearing can become very distracting. More focus is on the cuss words than what is being said (written0. Some people believe that swear words are a substitute for a lack of knowing what words to say.

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    Re: profane language

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    Are there any circumstances in which it is acceptable to use profane language when writing informally? I'm thinking particularly of people responding to blogs.
    I do not think so. It is just not nice to respond using swear words.

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    Re: profane language

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    Are there any circumstances in which it is acceptable to use profane language when writing informally? I'm thinking particularly of people responding to blogs.
    Not unless you think it is acceptable to be unkind or impolite.

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    Re: profane language

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    Not unless you think it is acceptable to be unkind or impolite.

    I don't know, Ron.....

    Swearing seems to form part of the Spanish society. Everybody swears all the time. It is neither considered rude nor offensive.

    I think, many English swear words are used the same way. You ARE using a language which can't always be used, but under certain circumstances....

    I have no problem with swear words. ( I suppose I couldn't be living here if I were sensitive in that direction).

    I think it is much worse to be called a stupid cow than say: Fu**, I have lost my keys!!!!

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    Re: profane language

    There's a lot of swearing in BrE; you'll hear speakers whose swearing outweighs the content .

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    Hi Tdol, and do you think that's unkind or impolite? Or is it considered as such by most people?

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    Re: profane language

    Quote Originally Posted by heidita View Post
    Hi Tdol, and do you think that's unkind or impolite? Or is it considered as such by most people?
    I think the original question uses the crucial word - acceptable. If people accept something, it's acceptable to them (although I don't think that's what the question meant by 'acceptable'. In the UK there's a lot of swearing among friends, depending on the company. I'm not a fan, but as a teacher it would be silly to say 'it's not done' (except in the special meaning of that phrase, when it equals 'the relevant society doesn't regard it as acceptable').

    As Tdol says, there are some people in whose speech the 'noise-to-signal ratio' is very high. And in a business context, sometimes people use swear words as a sign that they're getting down to business - I've heard people say 'this is a JFD scenario', where JFD means Just ... Do it - the swear word is a verbal equivalent of rolling up your sleeves or taking your jacket off.

    That said, turning to Heidita's question, I think profanity is acceptable in a wider range of contexts in Spain than in the UK. We can be pretty strait-laced (which is itself an interesting figure of speech, referring as I believe it does to wearing uncomfortable clothes for the sake of social appearances - 'strait' meaning tight or narrow).

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    Re: profane language

    Just remember: EVERYONE will be able to see it!

    Never write anything that you will be embarrassed about in years to come.
    (Especially if you want to enter politics or become famous)

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