Cursing has become a social norm

 By Joshua Aguilar |Staff Writer|

Cursing, swearing or cussing, no matter what you prefer to call it, is a part of our everyday lives.

Imagine yourself in your crowded lecture hall, a cellphone goes off loudly followed by the voice of an apologetic student saying, “oh s—, my bad.”

You hear laughter from all around as you find other people laughing at the student’s embarrassment.

Cursing has become a social norm and it may be surprising to find someone who does not use profanity.

“I feel like it is just a part of everyday language,” said student Vanessa Gutierrez.”I am not shocked or offended at all when someone uses a cuss word when talking,” added Gutierrez.

Students use their best judgment of their surroundings in order to determine when it is appropriate to swear.

“You have to be aware of your situation because there are a selective amount of professors that do not mind cussing,” said Gutierrez.

“If the professor has a sense of humor about it, and they cuss as well, I feel it is fine,” concluded Gutierrez.

Student Ramon Guzman explained when cursing can be acceptable.

“If someone is cussing toward another in an aggressive manner, then they need to chill out,” said Guzman.

“But if it just blurts out or it is used in a friendly or nonthreatening way, then its fine,” added Guzman.

Students do not seem to mind when someone swears, but they do not go around using profanity without reason.

“I am indifferent to when others swear on campus and in class,” said student Pedro Hughes.

“I believe people should speak more appropriately out of respect to young children and at the workplace,” added Hughes.

Hughes provided his experience on how using profanity can offend others, even if it does not seem offensive towards you.

“I once used an expletive angrily toward my brother after he stomped on my hand,” said Hughes.

“My cousin was offended by my language and it kind of gave me some insight on how my words can hurt others,” said Hughes.

Many students agreed that people should be allowed to say whatever they want, but there is a time and place for everything. Cussing has become so common in our everyday vocabulary that we sometimes slip up and curse when we’re not supposed to and we do not even realize it.

“I think at church was the last time I cussed when I was not supposed to,” said Guzman. “A lady fell down and I said ‘awe f—’ without even realizing and my mom told me to stop,” continued Guzman.

Swearing while in pain is one of the very few benefits of profanity usage.

“It triggers the fight-or-flight response neurons in our brain which allow us to be less sensitive to pain,” according to the Scientific American magazine.

The website also explained the downfalls of cursing.

“Swearing is the sign of a weak vocabulary, a result of a lack of education, laziness, or impulsiveness,” according to the Scientific American.

Cursing really depends if you are using it at an appropriate time and place.

“If you are kind of stressed out and you are having a bad day, sometimes you got to just let it out, then I guess it could be beneficial,” said student Aimee Alvarez.

“In an environment where that is not how you should be talking, then it could cause you problems,” concluded Alvarez

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