@#%$ing Profanity

At one point the FCC, Federal Communications Commission, had a policy prohibiting the use of swear words and indecency on television. Later, brought up in court, the broadcasters argued that the revolution in technology that has brought the Internet, satellite television and cable makes even the old rules obsolete.” In 2012, the Supreme Court’s decision didn’t, however, invalidate the FCC’s ability to set indecency rules — just its ability to enforce the rules through fines and sanctions. Even so, broadcasters eventually gained more freedom to what they were allowed to air on television with a few setbacks of course.

When it comes down to it there are not one set of rules to be followed as generations grow and meanings of words change over time. If an individual finds a television show indecent or displeasing to their taste then that individual can easily flip to another channel or turn off the TV completely. The definitions of  words we have now didn’t always have the same definitions as back then. The Origin of Swear Words  provides history of where particular words originated from. Melissa Mohr also explains, as society evolves, so do our curse words. Here’s how some of the most famous ones developed–and a few new ones.

I’m not suggesting I agree with all the words that are freely expressed, but sometimes you should consider accepting how and when the word is being used. For instance, Neda Ulaby states, Seriously, if you were being attacked by zombies, you might yell out the word f- – -! But no one does on The Walking Dead.  The amount of swearing has increased and its use of a swear word is openly expressed more often. Shelley Emling writes and asks Huffington Post readers their “favorite swear words from years past”. Furthermore, there is no control of new words producing and it being the new “swear word” of the time.

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