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Cursing becomes socially acceptable in college

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Posted: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 6:09 pm

We’ve all been there: you stub your toe on the stupid dresser, some idiot cuts you off in rush hour traffic (how dare they), your professor just posted grades for that chemistry test, and that four letter word just flies.

Cursing has always been labeled as bad. It’s unprofessional, unintelligent or just plain rude. While used in the wrong context, all of these things are true, but sometimes crap, oh my and golly whiz just doesn’t cut it.

Now, this is not an article advocating for the excessive use of cursing. Just because the “F” word repeated six times in a row can technically be a grammatically correct sentence, does not mean it should. However, when used correctly, cursing can be more helpful than most people realize.

Be honest, how serious would you take someone who’s best response to being insulted was “you meanie”? You’re probably chuckling at even the idea.

No self-respecting adult goes around defending themselves using the usually childish synonyms our parents taught us when we were five.

When someone is acting like being rude or mean, you are well within your rights to call them on it, a.k.a. “a--hole.” Otherwise, what impact would you be having?

It’s the simple truth that the closer to adulthood we get, the more practical curse words become.

Cursing has an emotional connotation to it. They imply the person using them is passionate about what they are speaking; it sets an emotional tone to the conversation, whether that tone is anger, sadness, pain or even humor.

When are curse words most often used? Fights when you’re mad or upset, clumsy moments when you stub your toe or hit your hip against your dresser, joking around with your friends; cursing can really emphasize the point you’re trying to make when used appropriately.

“Honestly, [curse words] are just words we’ve given such bad connotations to,” said Lindsey Mills, a junior creative media production major from Hot Springs, “Sparingly, they just demonstrate strong emotions.”

From the time we were old enough to talk, most of our parents took special care to explain how “bad” cursing is when really the power in the words is given in how people use them.

Used all the time, they’re cliché and annoying. Used in an emotional context, they’re emotional. Used in a humorous context, they’re funny. I mean you may not be comfortable yelling da--it in front of your 86-year-old grandmother, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t ever be useful.

Possibly the number one situation in which people curse is when they’re in pain. I myself am guilty of firing off every four-letter word known to man, animal and mystical creature any time I clumsily hurt myself (which is often).

Swearing while in pain actually raises pain tolerance. According to Psychology Today’s website, cursing activates the body’s “fight or flight” response, causing a surge in adrenaline levels. This surge can help the body cope with pain levels that it normally couldn’t.

Swearing also gives us a sense of power and control. How do you feel after you spout off a round of curse words when you’re upset? Empowered, right? For some reason, cursing brings out that strong, sassy side we all have. It convinces us that we do have some control over our situation, and, damn it, we aren’t going to let anything or anyone bring us down.

Let’s face it, women are b--ches, and men are a--holes. Call it like you see it. Sometimes you get upset. Own it. That hilarious story that says “s--t”? Use it. It’s a punch line, not a punch ticket to the underworld.

Using a curse word doesn’t make you less intelligent or a bad person, it makes you someone who means business.

“This is bulls--t,” holds much more weight than “This is dumb.” Sometimes, you have to cross the line to get your point across.

It’s not a bad thing or something to hide. It’s just a form of expression in a passionate way.

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