[opensource] CSE 560 advice

Vjekoslav Kovacevic kovacevi at cse.ohio-state.edu
Sun May 21 16:27:37 EDT 2006


I guess I have to go to Ireland asap!

Mark Noble wrote:
> Profanity is just superstition, and the words that offend change over time.
> We call poultry meat "dark" and "light" because people decided to be
> offended at the mention of "breast" or "thigh".  Thank heavens we've
> lightened up.
> 
> Since there's nothing inherently offensive in a combination of letters on
> paper or sounds in the air, being offended by mere sounds or printed words
> is a learned behavior.  It's all in the interperetation within the mind of
> the listener, so that is the best place for this "problem" to be resolved.
> 
> You must have heard these words before, otherwise you wouldn't know that
> prudes have reserved them to ilicit shock.  If it weren't for reactions like
> yours, there wouldn't be "naughty words" at all.
> 
> If you were offended by Drew's email, you shouldn't visit Ireland.
> 
> Regards,
> Mark


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