He didn't actually explain what is wrong with swearing. And also, he used the term "profanity", which has become increasingly synonymous with vulgarity, but is actually related to blaspheming so words like "hell" and "damn".The more I tune into it, however, I'm starting to think saying certain words has become a horridly overused word such as the word "like", which simply from a linguistic standpoint needs to be eradicated. (Yes, I'm fully aware that I have that habit to break as well.)
Good point, Nicole; swear words can be a sort of filler word one uses mindlessly. As with "like" and "um," perhaps we would do best to erase swears from our speech. Also, I found an interesting story about one philosophy professor who refused to censor himself in class...see my blog for more :)
(I replied to Shelby on her blog.)
There is considerable imprecision in the terminology surrounding this issue. Both 'cursing' and 'swearing' are taboos rooted in ancient religious prohibitions, as also, in part, is the taboo surrounding vulgar words for bodily functions, sex acts, etc. (for example, bodily functions are not shameful in themselves, I suspect, but because of cultural/religious attitudes concerning them, which we must subject to critical analysis). In our secular context, in other words, we will need to articulate non-religious reasons for using or refraining from certain language. This will not be a small task.
Some thoughts on classroom language on my blog:http://skeptiblog.blogspot.com/