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Student’s Name Professor’s Name Course Number Date Profanity Profanity is the use of what is considered “inappropriate words” while in the public domain. Most of them are swear words and have been discouraged for use in public use. The sole reason why profanity is discouraged is that of an offensive meaning to the situation in context regardless of the speaker’s intent. Since time immemorial, humans tend to maintain a certain level of decorum during official and formal conversations (Hughes 63). Although the use of language has changed over time, some words remain inappropriate for use in the public domain. Profanity is offensive because it soils what has been considered culturally, historically and politically appropriate language. The meaning of some swears words may be apposite for a certain context, but the manner in which the word sounds when used in the public domain may be wanting. The speaker may be tempted to assume that the use of a specific word is appropriate, but this may not be the case especially if it happens at an official function. In the company of close friends, an individual feels at ease to use various swear words without fear of being judged. However, some people can take it too far to the point that they can no longer consider their immediate company. They will, therefore, end up using swear words even in the midst of people who they have never interacted or even in what may be considered an official setting. Humans only need to engage their reasoning in discerning which needs are not appropriate for use in the public domain. The immediate environment and background of an individual dictate how they use certain types of words.