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To Swear Or Not To Swear
Buffalo NY News pgN2 1Feb00 D6
By Susan Martin

The Buffalo News's NeXt column talked to LDS Church member Tina Gagliardi, 15, a sophomore at Clarence High School, in an article about teenage swearing. Tina wrote an e-mail message to the News saying how she felt swearing was 'disgusting.' "Personally, I think that it is just nasty. It turns me off when a guy swears every time he opens his mouth," said Gagliardi.

Other teenagers had various views of swearing, ranging from those that had never sworn in their lives to those that swear regularly. 17-year-old Amy D., for example, wrote, "I always cuss. I know it ain't right, but it gets the point across."

According to the article, teens see swearing everywhere; on Television; At school; during sporting events; and even at home. "Swearing has become so much a part of our everyday culture, a numerous amount of teens don't even think twice about mumbling those four-letter words in public. Some teens even get away with it at home, because their parents swear also," wrote Catherine Frandina, a junior at Williamsville South High School.

The article also makes the point that an overload of profanity has also had an affect. First, teenagers think that the overload means that cussing looses its impact, "I think today people especially my age swear way too much. . . . . It is so overused in today's society that I believe the meaning of it is less important. It is no longer effective," wrote Nicole A. Gorney, a junior at Kenmore East High School.

Second, the overload of profanity simply promotes even more swearing. "I believe that with the excessive amounts of foul language in the media, it is a major jump start for the teens to copy," continued Catherine Frandina. "They see their favorite singer swearing every other lyric of the song, so they automatically do the same. In their minds, they probably figure that if the famous person making tons of money does it, then there is no problem and they should do the same."

But the article gives Gagliardi the last word. "I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) and we believe that it is crude and vulgar," she wrote.


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