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Should You Pay A Fine For Swearing In Public?

☽Guru_Roy☼ 2012/06/12 07:54:58
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Residents in Middleboroughvoted Monday night to make the foul-mouthed pay fines for swearing in public.

At a town meeting, residents voted 183-50 to approve a proposal from the police chief to impose a $20 fine on public profanity.

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  • boltfox20 2012/06/12 17:03:00 (edited)
    No
    boltfox20
    +7
    Swear words are JUST WORDS. They have no special power or meaning behind them which is universally understood. They are just words.

    Zounds

    Does that seem like a bad word to you? It doesn't to most people. In Shakespeare's time, though, it was a swear word. It means "God's Wounds" and was used to show frustration. These days, most never use the word, and those that do rarely know what it even means. It is however, a swear word. Would this be one of the words you'd have to pay a fine for? I doubt it.

    I don't swear. I avoid it like the plague. I don't avoid it because they are bad words, but because I feel there is little use for these words. They are merely modifiers for others words or words of expression. They are redundant and practically meaningless. However, if a fine was put in place, I would push that law to its limits, trying to find as many swears as possible and using good clean words in ways that would make them even worse until they had no choice but to either remove the law or slap the entire dictionary in there.

    In either case, they would finally be forced to admit the real reason behind this law: their sensitive ears can't stand to hear a simple word that they happen to find offensive and thus want to alter everyone else rather than they themselves growing up.

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  • gstrahan 2012/06/12 17:47:04
  • boltfox20 2012/06/12 17:03:00 (edited)
    No
    boltfox20
    +7
    Swear words are JUST WORDS. They have no special power or meaning behind them which is universally understood. They are just words.

    Zounds

    Does that seem like a bad word to you? It doesn't to most people. In Shakespeare's time, though, it was a swear word. It means "God's Wounds" and was used to show frustration. These days, most never use the word, and those that do rarely know what it even means. It is however, a swear word. Would this be one of the words you'd have to pay a fine for? I doubt it.

    I don't swear. I avoid it like the plague. I don't avoid it because they are bad words, but because I feel there is little use for these words. They are merely modifiers for others words or words of expression. They are redundant and practically meaningless. However, if a fine was put in place, I would push that law to its limits, trying to find as many swears as possible and using good clean words in ways that would make them even worse until they had no choice but to either remove the law or slap the entire dictionary in there.

    In either case, they would finally be forced to admit the real reason behind this law: their sensitive ears can't stand to hear a simple word that they happen to find offensive and thus want to alter everyone else rather than they themselves growing up.

  • moonchild 2012/06/12 16:42:30
    No
    moonchild
    +3
    That's a slippery slope..
  • Miko Mikomiko 2012/06/12 16:37:01
    No
    Miko Mikomiko
    +2
    no way
  • Cuppajo 2012/06/12 16:33:54
    No
    Cuppajo
    +2
    If it's good enough for the Vice President of the United States, it's good enough for me.
  • Sebastianchocolatebeargiles 2012/06/12 16:27:23
    No
    Sebastianchocolatebeargiles
    +4
    That's absurd... and costly for many....especially around the holidays...
  • Bloodle... Sebasti... 2012/06/13 02:43:44
    BloodlessVeins
    "F***!! What you mean all the Elmos are sold out?!"
  • Sebasti... Bloodle... 2012/06/13 03:49:09
    Sebastianchocolatebeargiles
    SERIOUSLY! I still remember that a guy was killed by shoppers trampling over him as they ran into the store last Black Friday...
  • Bloodle... Sebasti... 2012/06/13 04:07:32
    BloodlessVeins
    whew. Black Friday is crazier than a black metal concert.
  • Sebasti... Bloodle... 2012/06/13 04:14:31
    Sebastianchocolatebeargiles
    +1
    The only difference is people are literally killing each other over material goods instead of rocking out to guitar riffs and drum beats. Ahh.... sometimes i feel like we should give those clerks a fair shot... Just load them up with bats and tazers and flash bombs and fireworks... Mall vs. Shoppers of Black Friday! GET READY FOR THE BLOOD BATH!! lol
  • Bloodle... Sebasti... 2012/06/13 04:29:34
    BloodlessVeins
    clean up on isle...EACH ONE!
  • Sebasti... Bloodle... 2012/06/13 04:50:10
    Sebastianchocolatebeargiles
    Cracked skull in the hardware section!
    Blood on the check registers!
    and for some reason a Family guy DVD Box Set has been jammed into to manager's ass!
    Happy Holidays! :) From my fist to your chainsaw! :)
  • Bloodle... Sebasti... 2012/06/13 18:12:03
    BloodlessVeins
    We need CSI team here, stat.
  • Mikel_mad2002 2012/06/12 15:51:40
    No
    Mikel_mad2002
    +3
    But if you swear in the presence of someone who disapproves, they have the right to voice their disapproval without backlash.
  • Peewee ~PWCM~ 2012/06/12 15:46:14
    No
    Peewee ~PWCM~
    +4
    But one should have enough decency not to swear in public, especially around children.
  • **StarzAbove** 2012/06/12 15:44:40
    No
    **StarzAbove**
    +6
    No way. I don't swear but no one should be fined for doing so.
  • W T 2012/06/12 15:41:22
    No
    W T
    +5
    I would be broke within a week.
  • Jaroslav Dantes 2012/06/12 15:36:16
    Yes
    Jaroslav Dantes
    +3
    Yes, mainly to protect and order.
  • boltfox20 Jarosla... 2012/06/12 17:12:56
    boltfox20
    +3
    Protect what?
  • NoName Jarosla... 2012/06/18 20:20:39
    NoName
    Wait... what?
  • Professor Wizard 2012/06/12 15:15:06
    No
    Professor Wizard
    +3
    In public :: Freedom of Speech prevails!
  • ʂıoвнaп ♡ 2012/06/12 15:14:11
    No
    ʂıoвнaп ♡
    +4
    Whatever happened to freedom of speech?
  • Christy 2012/06/12 15:12:30
  • Donald Eric Kesler 2012/06/12 14:53:57 (edited)
    No
    Donald Eric Kesler
    +5
    I wholly support free expression. I even support free expression that offends the prudish and the elderly and makes naughty children snicker with glee.

    This is nothing more than a tax on free speech.
  • kobidobidog 2012/06/12 14:40:37 (edited)
    No
    kobidobidog
    +1
    Do what Jesus would not do not representing his name is taking Christs name in vain, That is swearing. Not speaking like Jesus would speak defiles the soul. Humans that arrest ,accuse, and give accusations against humans like Sandusky, zoosexuals, naked people call sex a fetish to give guilt is swearing for Jesus is not found in the guilt givers. Guilt givers make war good.
  • TimothyBrianFoley 2012/06/12 14:14:13
    No
    TimothyBrianFoley
    +3
    ever heard of free speech cursing is just that
  • Gartharun 2012/06/12 13:33:38
    No
    Gartharun
    +3
    Someone's been watching too much Demolition Man...
  • metalformer 2012/06/12 13:23:24
    No
    metalformer
    +3
    I voted "NO" for various reasons: 1.) because that goes against the principle of freedom of speech, 2.) that is another form of government imposition and 3.) that is another law that can be abused because somebody might find a way to make other non-swearing words look bad as a way to silence us!
  • cate 2012/06/12 12:56:47
    No
    cate
    +2
    What the h***! *u** no! What *h** is that? ***n!
  • TheVynne 2012/06/12 12:22:16
    No
    TheVynne
    +5
    That's kind of insane.
  • HannahFitz 2012/06/12 12:18:29 (edited)
    Yes
    HannahFitz
    +3
    NO! i accidently clicked yes.

    But this is ridiculous! This is just leading to every aspects of our lives being confined and controled! This is just one more step to control our freedom of speech.

    People forget, swear words? their just WORDS! THEY MEAN NOTHING! It's just another form of slander to express anger, words only mean something if you allow them to and the next thing you know they'll put a ban on insults or negative language, because isn't that just what swear words are? It's like they want to create a false sense of harmony in our society? Unbelievable! People keep finding more and more ways for me to question their intelligence. ¬.¬
  • Sgt Major B 2012/06/12 12:12:48
    No
    Sgt Major B
    +3
    I find it absolutely appalling that this would even be considered by a community in the same state as Lexington and Concord.

    Once again, petty tyrants are trying to force their will on a free people. Note the absurd comment below about "putting more funds into local government coffers without taxing 'decent people'".
  • The River Rat 2012/06/12 11:43:51 (edited)
    No
    The River Rat
    +3
    Some people should use better discression. No one should be an obnoxious a$$ hole.
  • Gordon 2012/06/12 11:20:44
    Yes
    Gordon
    +3
    It would help clean up the vulgar language here in central Florida. Plus, it would put some money into local government coffers without taxing decent people.
  • strawberry Gordon 2012/06/12 22:44:57
    strawberry
    +1
    Swearing shows lack of intelligence, used far to often to vent anger or just fill in for a proper vocabulary word. Movie producers should also take out annoying swearing from their movies. To me it is not a moral issue, but a total annoyance.
  • NoName strawberry 2012/06/18 20:22:24
    NoName
    "Swearing shows lack of intelligence,"

    Why?

    Swearing is using a word people find offensive or crass. You, on the other hand, are making broad statements about people based ONLY on the types of words they use, and nothing more. If anything ,making statements like yours is far more ignorant and unintelligent.
  • Phil 2012/06/12 10:48:40
    No
    Phil
    +3
    However, there should be a fine for not speaking English in public.
  • Lily 2012/06/12 10:35:45
  • CherryPOP 2012/06/12 10:32:20
    No
    CherryPOP
    +2
    I don't see why we should.
    It's just another way for our governments to gain control over us. What happen to civil liberties? What happened to freedom of speech?
    We as society have become to soft and whine over small trivial problems.
    Have a teaspoon of concrete!
  • izzybean CherryPOP 2012/06/12 12:08:45
    izzybean
    +1
    what happened to civility?

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