As mentioned in the rules, the debate forum is part of the family section of the forums, so please, no swearing in this thread. I think we can discuss it as a concept without actually doing it , or alluding to any specific swear words .
There are two groups I've come across whose opposite views of swearing equally mystify me: there are the people who react to hearing even one swear word as if it's causing them physical harm, and the people who swear multiple times in every sentence they speak. I've actually been seated between these two groups on a bus, where the driver and an elderly woman seated in the front got angry at a group of swearing teenagers seated in the back. The woman exclaimed, "Why should I have to listen to this filth!" So the bus driver got on the loudspeaker and told the teens to stop. They politely agreed, and stopped...for about three minutes, before resuming as before. I don't think it was meant maliciously. I think it was so ingrained in their pattern of speech that they slipped back into it without even realizing. It seemed to be a verbal tic, as other people drop the words "man," "dude" or "like" into whatever they're saying multiple times. The thing is, those are very innocuous words, while swearing usually expresses some sort of extreme emotion. This, to me, is the purpose of these words, expressing things that ordinary words can't. (Used sparingly, and in certain situations). But this group was just having an average even-toned conversation about their day. It doesn't bother me like it did the woman and the driver, they just strike me as strange words to use that way, but I'm sure it seemed totally normal to them.
Then, there's swearing in the media. I often run across comments like, "It was a terrible movie. It had swearing in it!" I also knew a guy who waited for movies to come to TV, just so all the swearing would be removed. I don't mean to dictate what their taste should be - again, I just don't get it. Movies that feature swearing often focus on adult subject matter - war, organized crime, etc. - situations where people in real life might swear. A well timed swear can emphasize a dramatic moment or punch up a joke. It's also odd to me that saying certain swear words a certain number of times will automatically get your movie Rated R in America. At my local multiplex, this means a guard at the door of the theater to prevent teens from getting in, as if this is the only way they'll ever hear swearing. (It seems more likely to me they'll pick it up at home or at school.) Movies that are edited for TV will often feature much of their violent content, but will have swear words bleeped or removed. But as with swearing in real life, there seem to be two extremes. The other day, a co-worker saw me walking to work and offered me a ride the rest of the way. I was in her car for two minutes, and during that time, the rap song she was listening to repeated the same swear word at least seven times. It doesn't offend me, it just seems a tad excessive. Any sort of dramatic emphasis is lost by using it that often.