Opinion

THE CURSE OF CURSING HAS ENDED

GEORGE SHI

STAFF WRITER

     Thirty years ago, if a student were to say the word “hell” in class, they would without a doubt have been punished, but nowadays students are using much stronger curse words that both other students and teachers casually ignore. Thus, it poses the question: Have curse words become so common that they have lost their shock value?

   Nowadays, people–especially students–use swear words all the time as insults or more commonly as a word that is thrown around as a filler word in front of all audiences. Despite the fact that many students are taught at home not swear in public, all kids have experienced someone using “colorful” language, whether it be in school, on the bus, at home, or with friends and have become accustomed to hearing swears in everyday life.

   A survey regarding the usage of swear words in everyday life was administered to ten male and female Pinewood high school students. When tallied, all but one of the students that took the survey circled yes for the first question: Have curse words become so common that they have lost their shock value? And for the second question (How often do you curse?), seventeen students circled one to ten times a day and three circled more than 10 times a day.

   The survey suggests that students have become lax in their usage of these swear words and in many cases are even using them without realizing that these words are actually insults. Perhaps words over time really do lose their shock value and evolve into simple interjections or adjectives. Just a couple of years ago, the f-bomb was considered severe profanity, but now it seems to just be a word that is not nice to say. When students drop f-bombs just to get somebody to laugh out, it is evident that these words have just become part of the everyday student’s vocabulary.

   It is important to note however, that in my survey fifteen students thought that the trend of vulgar language being used more casually in popular culture is harmless while only five thought that it was bad. Therefore, we are left to wonder where these students are learning their curse words and how the adults should deal with student vulgarity.

  I believe that the best way to stop students from spilling profanity is by changing pop culture. Curse words are like a disease and if it infects just one person, that one person can spread it to many others. Most of the students I surveyed don’t believe that the trend of vulgar language being used more casually in popular culture is harmful since most probably learned vulgarities from friends; however, they don’t realize that their friend most likely learned that word from some form of pop culture either directly or indirectly. Therefore, I advocate for more censorship in order to reduce the currently rapidly growing curse words that students are using.

es for taking our spots if we coolly pull up at 7:58 at the ring of the first bell in a scramble to get to class. Although it may be tempting as the only solution to withdraw the sophomores’ right to drive, think of the consequences. All high school camaraderie would be smashed to pieces.

    As for myself, being able to drive as a sophomore opened up a sea of opportunities. Not only was I able to pick up my sister, but a huge weight was lifted off the shoulders of my parents who wouldn’t have to leave work early to come get me after school. Going to Whole Foods to pick up last minute dinner items and running small errands like picking up the dry cleaning, my ability to drive simplified their lives as well as my own. As high school drivers, we can all relate to the feeling of freedom one encounters with a car key lanyard dangling out our pockets.

   That feeling is one that many sophomores would be resentful to give up in the face of seniority in the what now has become the competitive arena of upperclassmen. The Pinewood parking lot has grown into an overflowing and crowded scene. Students have no better option than to create non-existent spots and even park outside of the lot itself. Although some may say that the sophomores contribute to this mess, I believe that the sophomores are no more entitled to the parking lot than any junior or senior. Maybe the real issue is that there is not enough parking in the first place. But what did the poor, innocent sophomores have to do with that?

   Put the blame on the sophomores all you want, but as they start to roll in their new shiny wheels be ready to get to school at 7 a.m. because the early bird is sure to get

the worm.

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