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Profanity and Slang

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Profanity and slang are two derivatives from established lexicons that occur in most known languages. They both originate from subcultures and are often viewed as assertions of the rebellious. Profanity includes spoken indecencies and gestures that are considered rude, vulgar, insulting, abusive, and offensive; it includes largely irreverent speech or action that causes the majority of a society's members to feel disturbed. Slang refers to words and terms from a subculture of society that assists in the ...

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