Hey guys! So for my World Lit class, my teacher asked us to make an editorial and then post it on here. I hope you enjoy it! Schools almost done!!!!!
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Is the F-Bomb Still A Bomb?
You’ve spent more than 12 hours on your history essay. It’s 15% of your grade, and an A is a must. You type the final words, and cheer in jubilation because you are finally done. Then the power goes out. You never saved it. All your work is gone. With this realization, out comes the F-bomb. In situations like this, the use of profanity is understandable; however, more and more, profanity is used carelessly.
Profanity has become more of something you do, and less of something that has meaning. As a result of overuse, curses will soon lose the force and impact that they currently have.
Curses – vulgar language and profanity- are progressively being used to invoke laughter as a form of humor; this results in new generations quickly becoming desensitized to profane and vulgar language. Many young comedians are using profane language as a form of comedy. Bill Bellamy, actor/comedian, says that you don’t “have to curse people to death to get a laugh. It’s shocking, but it’s not funny.”(Jet Magazine). Comedians can be funny without cursing, and vulgarity is largely translated into other parts of the media.
Curses and vulgar language are increasingly used in the music industry. Drake, a popular rapper, continually repeats the f-bomb in the chorus of his song Started From the Bottom. This song and many others can be heard on everyday, average radio channels, and vulgar and profane language is a major contributor in his and many other musicians’ songs. Curses have become too mainstream in everyday music, and the overuse of swearing can actually have a negative effect on the curse itself.
If curses are used in everyday language, then they lose the powerful meanings and emotions they have and evoke. This would cause the english language to greatly suffer. It would be driven to create more profanity. (Bethune) This means that if vulgar and profane language loses its “Boom” factor, new profanity must be created, and again it would become overused. Like an endless cycle, words become profanity, become overused, and then new profanity will be needed. Profane language is unique, and should be used only in moments of shock, and when absolutely necessity.
Not only is cursing powerful, but it is actually kept in a separate section of the brain from where normal speech is processed. Neurological disorders like Aphasia, which causes the loss of speech and the ability to understand speech, support the idea that curses are differentiated from everyday speech. Those who have Aphasia can understand and verbalize profanity more so than other words. Even when a person’s ability to understand ordinary words and phrases malfunctions, profanity and vulgarity are still part of a person’s vocabulary. Cursing is meant to be done in a way that expresses serious emotion, and this is supported by its ability to outlast other forms of speech.
Cursing is needed. It helps to show serious emotions. However, newer generations think of those who swear as, “champions of honesty and refreshing directness”, but to the people that were “raised in polite societies”(Lileks), cursing makes people look like they are less refined. Along with being used in everyday speech, cursing is becoming a filler, a word used to take up an empty space. Cursing inappropriately can soon become a bad habit, and habits are hard to break.
In most cases, profanity should be exchanged with other, less powerful words. Guy Martin, a writer for Men’s Health, explains how using alternatives like “shoot” can make your cursing even more powerful. In these cases, curses can be used “like a bomb: explosion, concussion, then silence”. This way, your profanity doesn’t lose the power that it has, and you can still express strong emotion.
Using a curse too much, ruins the word for everyone else. Next time you’re about to swear, think, “Is it necessary?”
Martin, Guy. “Curses!” Men’s Health Dec. 1996: 62. Academic OneFile [Gale]. Web. 23 May 2017. This article gave example of when cursing is okay. It also talked about ways you can know when it is “okay” to swear.
Lileks, James. “Crass Couture.” National Review 10 Oct. 2016: 37. Academic OneFile [Gale]. Web. 23 May 2017. Cursing can be seen as crass, and there are clothing items that have profanity and vulgarity on them.
Bethune, Brian. “Swearing Up a Storm.” Maclean’s 15 Aug. 2016: 62. Academic OneFile [Gale]. Web. 23 May 2017. Swearing, curse words, and profanity is always changing.
“Can Young Comedians Be Funny Without Profanity.” Jet 18 Feb. 2013: n. pag. Academic OneFile [Gale]. Web. 23 May 2017. Comedy is one way people are really using swearing, and there are a multitude of comedians who were able to make it big without using profanity.
Kloet, Jim. “A Special Place in the Brain for Swearing.” Helix Magazine. Science in Society- Northwestern University, 18 Feb. 2013. Web. 25 May 2017. Certain diseases have shown that swearing is kept in a special, separate part of the brain, that is different from the part of the brain used for speech and thoughts. Cursing is a special thing, and it should only be used when most absolutely necessary, as a big wow factor.
Drake. By Aubrey Graham, Noah Shebib, and Michael Coleman. Started from the Bottom. Drake. Kobalt Music Publishing, 2013. Web. These lyrics show that people are into songs that overuse vulgar and profane language.