How offensive is profanity to you?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: How offensive is profanity to you?
    Use it regularly. No biggie, we're all adults here. : (186 votes)
    29 %
    Use it regularly. Not entirely proud of it. : (77 votes)
    12 %
    Use it only with certain people. : (156 votes)
    24 %
    Use it only when "good golly!" doesn't cover it. : (58 votes)
    9 %
    I swear, but I won't say _______. : (69 votes)
    11 %
    I don't use it, and don't want it used around me. : (30 votes)
    5 %
    I don't use it, but its not offensive. To each his own. : (26 votes)
    4 %
    I love to swear! Loud and long and clear! : (46 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    9412 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @CarolF:  I don’t see a poll. But swearing doesn’t offend me. I have 3 brothers so I’m quite used to it. I also swear like a sailor so I can’t be a hyprocrite.

    Post # 4
    3197 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    @CarolF:  You’re missing the poll.

    To me not at all but that’s because I swear like a sailor.  My dad was a marine and I heard it a lot while growing up.  As an adult I learned when and where to use it.  Not in front of kids or at work but my husband and I are comfortable saying it when we feel like it.  The only word we do not say on a regular is the Call. U. Next.  Tuesday word.  Everything else is up for grabs.  


    Unless someone is cussing AT me at work (I do customer service) it does not offend me.

    Post # 5
    343 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    @CarolF: I was raised to never say curse words. If my mom was ever to hear a curse word from us, we could almost be guaranteed to suffer from PTSD after the scolding or in the worst case scenario spanking, yeah that’s how much she hates profanity. My husband uses curse words ALL the time and he yells at the TV. I just get really irritated and I tell him to stop speaking that way because it makes me uncomfortable. He has tried to control it but keeps doing it. 

    EDIT! I’m not very offended by it because from time to time I use curse words and I feel relieved that my mom doesn’t have to hear me LOL but I don’t use profanity often. 


    Post # 6
    1254 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Not offensive at all. I don’t see a problem with swearing in front of adults. Swearing in front of kids is not cool, though. 

    Post # 7
    442 posts
    Helper bee

    @CarolF:  It doesn’t offend me persay, but there’s a time and a place. For example, giving a short and informal presentation to a casual club does not mean you can swear in it. I swear quite often, but in scenarios like that (and of course in any real professional setting) I am taken aback and think the person is acting in poor taste.

    Can you tell I have a specific example in mind? Haha. Usually it’s really not an issue for me, but in some informal circumstances I’m shocked by the use.

    Post # 8
    778 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I swear a lot so it doesn’t bother me.

    ETA: I DO NOT cuss in front of kids or at work obviously.

    Post # 9
    3635 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’m the only woman in our department save two admins.  There is a lot of profanity, even though it’s a professional office.  I’m guilty and have pretty much just given up.  I try to keep it clean when in public (because the children) and on Facebook because I have a 13 year old friend and am friends with my Grandpa.  I do believe that it makes me look less intelligent and am capable of using other words, but sometimes an f-bomb is really the only way to get my point across.

    Like – my coworker who’s wife has been sleeping with his best friend for years.  Doesn’t want to sell her car (he pays for everything) while she’s out of town because it’d be a dick move.  That’s fucked up. 

    Post # 11
    752 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Not offended at all.  With my job, I hear and see (on paper) cursing all the time.  I remember when I was interviewing for the job, my boss asked me if I’d be ok with cursing and reading vulgar things on a daily basis.  If not, it wasn’t the job for me. It didn’t bother me one bit.  I used to curse in the past, but ever since starting here almost 5 years ago, I’ve gotten SO much worse. Lol. I also curse a lot with coworkers and my direct boss.  But if any of the brass is here, nope! I keep it clean. 🙂

    Post # 12
    152 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I don’t see the poll either, but swearing isn’t offensive to me either unless you are using it out of anger towards me, it doesn’t really offend me then, it’s just more annoying. I strongly believe that people are only offended if they choose to be offended. 

    Post # 14
    4395 posts
    Honey bee

    Not at all.

    Post # 16
    901 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    Swearing effectively allows me to communicate my emotions. I have to try so hard not to swear on the boards…so. hard. 

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