The Use of Taboo Words: Shock, Offend, and Challenge
In every culture, there are certain words which are considered to be taboo – that is, they are seen as being too offensive or indecent to say in public. These words may relate to sex, bodily functions, religion or other aspects of life which are considered to be private or sacred. In some cases, the use of these words is seen as being so bad that it is actually illegal. For example, in many countries it is against the law to say certain swear words in public.
2. What are taboo words?
Taboo words are those which are seen as being too offensive or indecent to say in public. They may relate to sex, bodily functions, religion or other aspects of life which are considered to be private or sacred. In some cases, the use of these words is seen as being so bad that it is actually illegal. For example, in many countries it is against the law to say certain swear words in public.
3. The history of taboo words:
The use of taboo words is thought to date back to early human history. It is believed that early humans used these words as a way of reinforcing social bonds and showing solidarity with others in their group. Taboo words were also used as a way of showing disrespect or hostility towards others outside of the group.
The first written record of a taboo word comes from the ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes who used the word ‘bdella’ in his comedy ‘The Frogs’. This word was a reference to the female genitalia and was probably seen as being very shocking at the time!
4. The modern use of taboo words:
Despite their long history, taboo words continue to be used today. In many cases, they are used in an attempt to shock or offend others. In other cases, they may be used simply because people are not aware that they are considered to be offensive.
One area where the use of taboo words is particularly common is in relation to sex. This is because sex is often seen as being a taboo subject matter itself. People often use sexual swearwords as a way of joking about sex without having to talk about it directly.
5. The power of taboo words:
Taboo words can be powerful because they can evoke strong emotions in both the person who says them and the person who hears them. They can also be used to challenge social norms and get people thinking about topics which they might not normally think about.
6. The negative effects of taboo words:
However, there are also some negative effects associated with the use of taboo words. For example, they can make people feel uncomfortable or offended if they hear them used in a casual or insensitive way. They can also be used as a way of deliberately trying to cause upset or harm others.
7Conclusion: Taboo words were invented by people and now the same people are trying to vanish them from their languages while some are trying to avoid them others are using them