Swearing Before Strangers
Webcast Q&A: 10 July 2011, Question 3
I answered a question on swearing before strangers for Philosophy in Action Radio on 10 July 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
Should you swear in front of strangers? Swearing is sometimes a great "exclamation point" when you're telling a story or having an intense or extraordinary conversation. But, is it appropriate to swear in front of people who don't know you very well? Is that poor manners? Would "being yourself" conflict with "putting your best foot forward" in this case?
My Answer, In Brief: Swearing is a minor point of style that a person should use or not depending on his circumstances.
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