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Inverse relation between profanity and intelligence

 
 
Reply Wed 17 Apr, 2013 03:18 pm
Is it true that those who resort to profanity are deficient mentally? Or is the occasional expletive a legitimate form of punctuation?

I don't remember this level of rude profanity from my early days at A2K. Is it just me?

Clue me in. I let my grandkids use this computer.
 
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Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 17 Apr, 2013 03:45 pm
@neologist,
This is me but I wouldn't have any young (under age 14) relative of mine be online without over-the-shoulder supervision.

BTW, A2K has always had a varying degree of swearing...perhaps 6-7 yrs ago there was a different level of moderation. For the most part, those that use profanity are no more or less intelligent. Some folks are more likely to use it for emphasis and/or reflect the 'street' than others.
neologist
 
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Reply Wed 17 Apr, 2013 03:56 pm
@Ragman,
Talking 13 to 15 year olds. I know they have heard worse. I just don't like the idea of having them think that profanity has a place in relevant exposition.
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maxdancona
 
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Reply Wed 17 Apr, 2013 03:57 pm
**** that.
neologist
 
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Reply Wed 17 Apr, 2013 04:01 pm
@maxdancona,
Congratulations. You've made double digits. Your parents will be proud.
farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 17 Apr, 2013 04:09 pm
@neologist,
Its a good assertion, difficult to support or deny, sort of like "do you still beat your children?"
Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 17 Apr, 2013 04:15 pm
What a %&*#[email protected] load of old horse *#%*
Roberta
 
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Reply Wed 17 Apr, 2013 04:56 pm
@neologist,
neologist wrote:

Is it true that those who resort to profanity are deficient mentally?


No.
neologist
 
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Reply Wed 17 Apr, 2013 05:27 pm
@farmerman,
Howdy Farmer. Ain't seen ya for a while.
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neologist
 
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Reply Wed 17 Apr, 2013 05:32 pm
@Setanta,
I'm shocked! Shocked
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Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Wed 17 Apr, 2013 05:32 pm
@neologist,
You asked for it.
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Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Wed 17 Apr, 2013 05:33 pm
It's all a matter of cultural conditioning and has nothing whatever to do with intellectual acumen. One man's 'profanity' is another's 'poetic license.' It also has a geographic component, apparently. I have never heard such widespread, nearly universal, use of the 'F' word anywhere in the USA as I hear daily here in Hawaii. Parents use it in front of their children without a second thought. Women use it just as frequently as men. At first it was shocking to me to hear everything described a effing this and effing that. Now I've gotten so used to it that I've come to accept it as part of the local idiom, the Hawaiian-English dialect.
neologist
 
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Reply Wed 17 Apr, 2013 05:33 pm
@Roberta,
Yeah, but. . . .
JTT
 
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Reply Wed 17 Apr, 2013 05:43 pm
@Lustig Andrei,
Quote:
I have never heard such widespread, nearly universal, use of the 'F' word anywhere in the USA as I hear daily here in Hawaii.


Ummmmm, those are islands where you live, Merry.
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Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Wed 17 Apr, 2013 06:11 pm
@Lustig Andrei,
You've gotten used to it?

Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Wed 17 Apr, 2013 06:35 pm
@Finn dAbuzz,
Finn dAbuzz wrote:

You've gotten used to it?




As much as one not raised with that kind of speech can get used to it. Let me put it this way -- it no longer offends me the way it used to. (That's not to say it doesn't offend me at all. Smile)
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 17 Apr, 2013 06:47 pm
People who never swear creep me out.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 17 Apr, 2013 06:48 pm
When i was overseas in Korea, we would cuss the Koreans eloquently in their own language--and they would just laugh. But when we cussed them in English, they'd get really, really p*ssed. Go figure . . .
neologist
 
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Reply Wed 17 Apr, 2013 06:58 pm
OK, I'll admit.

I had to use a lot of swear words in order to lean how to tie this knot:

http://imgs.inkfrog.com/pix/neologist/XFob1.jpg

But I used 'em under my breath. Wink
JTT
 
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Reply Wed 17 Apr, 2013 07:12 pm
@neologist,
Does the knot have a particular name, Neo?
 

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