« Last post by MariaE on Today at 05:02:05 AM »
I don't think it's rude to ask, but I think it's also not rude to say 'I just really hate that word'. And neither request has to be acquiesced to. People have vastly different definitions of what swearing is these days; yes, there are some universal ones but also many that some people are horrified by and others wouldn't even blink at. Especially if there's a cultural difference; I know some words are considered far worse in Britain than the USA. So, keep in mind that in some cases you might be asking someone to use a word that they don't even see as swearing.
I'm curious now - which swear words are more offensive in Britain than the US?
The only one I can think of is the "other" f-word which in the US just means butt, but in Britain is comparable to the c-word in both meaning and offensive-ness.
Know what you mean about some words not registering as swearing. dingdangity or hell aren't really swear words to me, although I know that technically they are. I also remember switching from a state to religious primary school and being stunned they considered saying "shut up" a swear word (agree it can be a rude thing to say but a swear word it's not IMO.
I agree - and I would expand on that to say that there are some words I don't consider swearing in some circumstances, but which definitely are in others. The f-word (not the one mentioned above) is one of those. Using it in every second sentence sounds horrible, and I hate the 'ing' form of the word, but a heartfelt "Oh f..." when somebody tells me really bad news sometimes seem like the most honest reply to make.
To me blasphemous swearing is the absolute worst (especially using J.C. as a swear), but fortunately I've never had to ask anybody to stop using that around me. Most people know I'm a Christian and will automatically either censor themselves around me, or apologize if it slips out by accident.