Posted at 1 p.m. April 4, 2017

Cursing becomes more socially acceptable

“There is always a time and place for cursing.”

Merldee Mason

A 71 -year-old Cheyenne resident

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Has our language has started to drift away, or has it gotten stronger because of cussing?

“There are different views and opinions on cursing. To me, it helps get a point across when working in a shop full of guys,” said, Justin Bailey, a diesel mechanic at Floyd’s Trucking Center.

“I also came across an article where a study was published in Language Sciences,”Bailey said. “Teens to early twenties were tested on their general vocabulary and their knowledge of curse words. The results showed that the participants who listed more words in general fluency also cuss more often.”

There are different sides to every question, especially when it comes to the diverse generations on the topic of cursing. “I think people who curse feel a need to stress a point, but in the end, it just becomes second nature to them,” said Melissa Cullen, a stay-at-home mom. “It makes them look like they don’t have a very big vocabulary.”

People cuss, even if they are parents or youth director at a church. “I think when people start cussing, they are kids or young teenagers who think cussing is perceived as cool and kind of a forbidden thing to do,” said Glennda Schmit, a mother and youth director at Calvary Chapel. “They usually only do it around their friends, as they get use to cussing, it becomes a habit, making it hard to break. This is the main reason I started cussing.”

There will always be countless views on cursing. Tod Wenger, a 22-year-old working as a maintenance supervisor for the Nebraska school district, said, “it has become an everyday occurrence where cussing is heard at least once a day, even when out and about. However, cursing should not be used around elders or children, to show a sign of respect.”

When talking to older people they even cuss but it seems not as bad as when the younger generation cusses. “There is always a time and place for cursing,” Meridee Mason, a 71-year-old Cheyenne resident, said. “Cussing might be accepted in some environments just because it was never taught that cussing in front of people was inappropriate. It is not very often that a bad word comes out of my mouth but, if it happens it is usually h---, s---, or d---. This does not give me empowerment; it usually makes me feel bad.”


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