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Last year , my cousin got into a fight after attending his friend's party at a club . He got himself really drunk and without any intention he started swearing . A passerby thought those words were referring to him and in response, he attacked my cousin . My cousin was not badly injured but he did got a small cut on his forehead . Never would I imagine that such a thing could happen.
What would you do If you were in my cousin's shoes ? How would you handle this sort of situation ? Would you defend yourself by attacking him back or would you try to run away from this situation ?
I have learnt that swearing should never be used in a public whether with or without intention as we would not know what could happen .
Today , I would like to persuade my audience to stop swearing starting from today .My argument contains the causes of swearing .
Before I begin , we need to understand on how swearing is being a problem to the society today .
Swearing is now a bad habit practiced by most teenagers. They swear regardless to the time , place and person . First of all, swearing leaves a bad impression on the society of your behavior. How so you may ask ? Society will loose respect for you as it is a sign of bad attitude, a lack of character, immature, ignorant and a bad example. Also, it makes you unpleasant to be with and at the same time, it endangers your relationships with your friends. For example, you swore at this friend, he or she took it the wrong way, and you may end up being physically or verbally attacked. Furthermore, lead to unnecessary stress on yourself.
Next , I need to explain on what causes teenagers to practice this attitude of swearing .
Have you ever wondered what causes us to swear ? Based on psychologist David McClelland's theory, he identified power as one of the needs related to management behavior . At the point of teenage hood, we desire the need of power the most where we can have a sense of control of over things to make us look tougher .For example, when we encounter a problem or threat, many times we think that using vulgar language will give us the power to have control over threats or problem greatly. We believe that we are able to control them through abusive, aggressive and domineering speech.
Other than that , teenagers are easily influenced by peer pressure by society. A common example would be the influence by your friends. We would have a couple of friends who swears all the time and the thing is that, we feel pressured because all of them that you think seems "cool" swears but not you .Therefore, thinking that swearing makes themselves cooler , teens curse to fit in . Based on the survey questionnaire that I have conducted, it has proved that 80% of teenagers in Inti Subang Jaya swears. So, it is almost impossible for one to not swear if they continue to hang out with friends who do swear. They do not realize that slowly, this habit of swearing would gradually become a habit so satisfying, that which you may find hard to get rid of.
Now that we have seen the problem, let's move on to the solution.
You must be wondering , how is it ever possible to stop swearing ? The first step is to make a commitment to yourself, to stop this habit .How can we make a commitment to ourselves you may ask . First, find substations to the words you commonly swear with. Think of words that are less offensive that can substitute the swear words you commonly use with. An example would be, get into the habit of saying "phew" instead of curse words. You may feel a little silly at first, but after a while, you'll get used to it, and no one will actually question why you said it, because it is a socially acceptable phrase
Other than that , One psychological method that can be used is to punish yourself.
You must be thinking, what do I mean by punishing yourself ? What I am trying to say is that , every time you swear ,make a commitment by putting money in a swear jar for charity every time you curse. This actually gives you extra motivation to stop.
In conclusion , most teen nowadays do not use profanity to rebel or annoy people. It has simply became a part of our society so much that has lost It's original meaning. Foul words are now used as an integral part of speech and is commonly used in the daily basis. Please bare in mind that Alexander Pope once said that, "To swear is neither brave, polite nor wise". Finally, I hope that you will understand that swearing is not good and unnecessary. It is best kept for the really emotional or painful moment instead of over using it at every speech act.