Originally posted by progmac
speaking from a linguistical standpoint, i hate swear words because they don't accurately describe anything. they're easy to use because you can substitute them for anything and not have to think about the words you're using. to be fair, words like "stuff" aren't much better.
but sometimes i swear. occassionally it's funny or appropriate.
Cussing isn't meant for description, it's meant for emphasis, and it does its job very well.
I don't think cussing does anything but make you pay more attention to the speaker. An intelligent person with a healthy vocabulary does not cease to be so because he or she chooses to cuss at times. The same goes for a stupid person with a weak vocabulary, that will just come out in conversation.
Cussing can be funny, as well, mainly when its done tongue-in-cheek or in an ironic context. If something isn't funny to begin with, it won't be funny just because you add foul language.
They are just words.