How Dare You Say That! The Evolution Of Profanity

The Wall Street Journal – July 18, 2015

In other respects, we’re actually quite a bit like our ancestors. We are hardly beyond taboos; we just observe different ones. Today, what we regard as truly profane isn’t religion or sex but the slandering of groups, especially groups that have historically suffered discrimination or worse. Our profanity consists of the N-word, that C-word once suitable for an anatomy book discussion of women’s bodies, and a word beginning with f referring to gay men (and some would include a word referring to women beginning with b).

The N-word, the -Word, the tired “F-you”
Each culture determines what words are taboo.

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