“$%#@#?!” What did you just say?

By on November 7, 2007

‘Filthy mouths’ are floating all around college campuses and Quinnipiac is not any different.

According to wikipedia.org, profanity is a word, expression or gesture which is considered insulting, rude or vulgar. A curse word or swear words are usually deemed inappropriate and usually have different meanings depending on context, timing and other factors.

To some students, cursing is not an issue but to others, cursing is a disgusting habit that needs to be broken.

“I don’t see the point in cursing. It is a bad habit I need to break,” said Laura Regan, senior sociology major.

The myth is that students start cursing more heavily when they get to college.

“I’ve definitely noticed a bit more cursing in college then home life, but I think it’s just because of the atmosphere that we are in,” said Matt Furtado, a senior interactive digital design major.

Stephanie Pensa, senior broadcast journalism major, agreed.

“At college I can curse because I don’t have to worry about what I say in my own room as much as I do at home when my parents are around,” Pensa said.

Sometimes the college atmosphere bleeds into home life. “I went home one weekend and a curse word slipped from my mouth. My mom turned around with this look on her face that said, ‘Is this what I’m paying for?'” Regan said.

To some students home life isn’t that different from their life here at college. “I grew up cursing and it was never an issue at home so college hasn’t really changed my habits,” Senior marketing major Christine DiBuono said.

Senior education major Jennifer Radeloff is in a similar situation, “I have a very bad mouth and in my household cursing isn’t that big of a deal. I try not to curse, but if I slip it’s okay because my parents really don’t mind.”

Most people probably curse every once in a while. Sometimes it just happens out of frustration or anger or even just joking around.

“Cursing really isn’t in my vocabulary. I’ve never picked up on it but some curse words definitely slip out when I’m watching football on a Sunday afternoon. I just can’t help it,” said Megan DeRemer, senior public relations major.

“I mostly curse when I mess up on something or when I bump into something,” Pensa said.

Another issue with cursing is if it is attractive on the opposite sex. “I don’t like it when guys use vulgar language. It’s very unattractive but I do think it is necessary at times,” Radeloff said.

Cheryl Green, senior public relations major, agreed. “It is unattractive when guys curse because it makes them sound uneducated and it is also offensive,” she said.

To add a male perspective to the mix, Furtado doesn’t really mind when a female curses, but not all the time. “I don’t mind if a girl curses if it’s necessary, but definitely not during a casual conversation.”


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