Why do people get offended when others swear?

Eusebius Mckasier (standing in for Redi Tlhabi) asked CapeTalk/702 listeners if they get offended by people who curse in public.

According to Eusebius, this came to his attention when a total stranger at the airport shouted at him to ‘mind his language’ during his telephonic conversation with a friend where he used swear words.

Listen to the full conversation below:

We should mind our language, especially when we are in a public domain because children’s minds get influenced easily

Mark, Caller

I don’t like swearing at all… I am not hyped up about it; it depends on how far you go

Thato, Caller

Words are not just words, they carry an immense amount of power and a lot of swear words bring about a very nasty atmosphere.

Jane, caller

I have a problem with my daughter she is 27. She uses the F word all the time when she wants to express herself, and I find it offensive coming out of a young beautiful woman

Patricia, Caller

This article first appeared on 702 : Why do people get offended when others swear?


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