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    Why are children taught not to swear, and why does children swearing cause uncomfortableness? Swearing plays an important part in most adult's vocabulary, so why are children taught not to do it?
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    Personally, I think the idea of having words that you shouldn't use is ridiculous; but that said, I'll tell any future children not to swear anyway because social convention means that other people might be upset by my children swearing.
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    Because it's rude?
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    I think it's the idea of respect mainly. We're told that we should respect our elders, but most of the time we're left ignorant of why to do so. Our views are looked down upon by adults (when we're about you know, 5, 6).

    I'm going to put a large part of it to control as well. If you swear it's seen as a sign of rebelling, of disagreement. But you shouldn't disagree, should you, you should keep being submissive because it's easier.

    Furthermore disagreeing usually leads to disagreeing with your parents, and if you disagree with your parents then isn't that a form of criticism to not only how they bring you up but also maybe even to their upbringing? And of course, who they are.

    Anyway, that's just my take, I've never looked into it much so all that might just be ********** nonesence.
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    (Original post by Donnahh)
    Because it's rude?
    Yet most adults use it all the time in conversations.
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    (Original post by cpj1987)
    Personally, I think the idea of having words that you shouldn't use is ridiculous; but that said, I'll tell any future children not to swear anyway because social convention means that other people might be upset by my children swearing.

    for me that's more the law, I'm sure I'd get blamed if one of my kids swore at a police officer (not that I have kids), or that teachers at schools may wish to expell my child.

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    (Original post by stevie0444)
    Yet most adults use it all the time in conversations.

    maybe most adults are rude.
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    (Original post by stevie0444)
    Yet most adults use it all the time in conversations.
    Just the rude, ignorant ones
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    this is like asking why children shouldn't drink alcohol/smoke/watch porn/have sex

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    Because kids don't have the self control to know when to use swear words. Most kids I've seen swear will swear at the drop of the hat whether the situation calls for it or not. Kids don't have the largest vocabulary at the best of the times, so they certainly shouldn't start using swear words at an early age.

    ...or maybe I'm just a prude who makes instant assumptions about parents when I hear a young kid swear. I dunno.
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    I've thought about this a few times, and the most reasonable explanation I can come up with is that overuse of a word lessens the power, so swearing when you're young makes words lose their potency.
    Although, this is almost certainly not the reason we're told not to, I'd imagine that's because parents feel they'd be shown up by their kids swearing(although this really doesn't answer your question as to why that's a bad thing).
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    Because it's nasty and rude? You're assuming that we like the constant swearing by some adults.
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    (Original post by Donnahh)
    Because it's rude?
    There's your answer

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    Swearing is a terrible thing and I wish I didn't swear. Though when I play football that changes. Also, I use swear words to emphasise a point or epiphany that makes me angry inside.

    Swearing intimidates people and is disrespectful too.
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    I believe it is wrong to allow children to swear because there are better ways of expressing your opinion / feelings which children need to learn.
    But in extreme pain I certainly would swear.
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    (Original post by Donnahh)
    Because it's rude?
    what is the nature of its rudeness? ...is the rudeness primarily a mostly_arbitrary social construction that requires us to conform (or otherwise risk social stigma), or is it primarily something intrinsic about swearing that means it is socially unacceptable?

    in other words, should we say "swearing is rude" (does it even make sense to say this or that word is intrinsically unacceptable?), or would it be better to say "others think swearing is rude and therefore we should make our children conform"?
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    (Original post by Kolya)
    Why are children taught not to swear, and why does children swearing cause uncomfortableness? Swearing plays an important part in most adult's vocabulary, so why are children taught not to do it?
    I think swear words are valuable, and so parents that use them too much and don't discourage kids from use them, waste them!
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    Its just taboo in modern society
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    I'm not really bothered.. words are words. Who exactly deems bad words bad? :rolleyes:
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    I just generally don't like hearing people swear frequently. If it's once in a conversation, okay, but I know some people who swear every other word in a sentence, and I just don't like it.
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    Most adults would not swear in a formal environment. Similarly, most adults would think swearing was inappropiate in many situations, therefore we teach our children to refrain from swearing in the interests of manners and decency. :dontknow:
 
 
 
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