Swearing: the Do’s & Don’ts

The use of profanity in films has been controversial since Gone with the Wind was broadcast in 1939. The use of the word ‘damn’ by Rhett Butler in that movie sparked large-scale outrage.

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Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind (source)

Today, almost eight decades later, that word could pass pretty much without impact. However, there are other swear words presented in cinema, including films rated PG, M or MA. The morality of this is debated and the guidelines are grey.

 

The following survey is designed to test people’s perceptions of what language is suitable on various different occasions. I will use this data to further explore the nature of coarse language in film.

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