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Vulgar language is becoming the new common language

Lily Tiong, Writer

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Walking through the hallways during the school day, it is quick to figure out that the use of vulgar language has escalated immensely. Profanity oftentimes is used without hesitation, when it really should be used every so often to express heightened emotions. Peer pressure is also a factor that could be contributing to the use of vulgar language because of the idea of “fitting in”. Swearing in school is something that shouldn’t happen in the hallways, but more importantly in the classroom during a conversation between a student and teacher. Students should become more aware of the language they choose to use, because in the end it can lead to trouble.

According to Google, the definition of profanity is, “Socially offensive language that could also be called strong language.” With this definition in mind, it is clear to understand that any level of profanity should not be used casually in a conversation.

However, many adolescents throw curse words into a conversation almost like it’s nothing. Parents may also be playing a major role in this because if they swear in front of their children, in their young minds, it could be saying that it is fine to swear and that it’s no big deal. Curse words are becoming so commonly used that people are starting to forget the true meanings behind them, and when their use is actually appropriate.

Another explanation of a teens vulgar vocabulary could be the influence of peers. If all of someones friends are swearing, that could act as an encouragement to do it too out of fear of not fitting in, or being teased by their peers. It could also start becoming more common because of the social praise of allegedly being ‘cool’.

Nowadays, the outline of fitting in doesn’t always contain rules that are right decisions, but rules that pertain to what is the current trend/fad. Right now that trend is swearing in a sentence where it is unneeded, but added for extra effect to make it stand out. Just because one swears, may help them fit in now, but in the long run, doing this has no effect on making them better in the future.

The number of times that someone swears increases with the amount of stress or frustration that the person is currently under. School, and all the work that goes along with it, is the number one most stressful thing for teens, according to Palo Alto Medical Center. It is understandable why a student might swear in school however a teacher, student conversation should never contain vulgar language.

If a student swears at a teacher, it is not only inappropriate but it is also rude. The teacher is there to help their class, and swearing will not help to understand the curriculum any more. More unacceptable than that, is if a teacher swears at a student. First off, it is very unprofessional because the teacher is stooping to a level that is much lower that they should be. Second, it could also hurt the student and lower their self esteem.

Teenage swearing is something that will never completely dissipate, but instead something that should be reduced. When used properly, profanity is acceptable, because in the end it is just a group of letters, in a certain order, that have been granted with the label of being inappropriate.

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