Choice of Wording

Words are so unusual. They’re just sounds that we create with our mouths. Yet, each word bears a different value. “I love you” has stigma but “nothing much, wbu” can be thrown around in text messages. Why is it that the sounds that form “love” are so different from others?

Words like “fuck”, “shit”, “goddamnit” are not allowed to be played on the radio but you can talk about the same concept, as long as you use different words. “Gosh darn it” is another way of saying “goddamnit” but yet one is more socially acceptable. They refer to the same thing but use different sounds to describe it.

So why is it so hard to say “I love you” and so easy to say “fuck you”? Why do we treat words as if they are tangible?


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