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vulgarity (s) (noun), vulgarities (pl)
1. The quality of lacking taste and refinement.
2. A reference to someone making crude or tasteless jokes, remarks, or acts.
3. A word or phrase used only in common colloquial, and especially, in coarse, speech.
4. Something; such as, an act or expression, that offends good taste or propriety: "The vulgarity of his loud talk and crude jokes caused some participants in the audience to walk out in disgust."

Is Vulgarity Becoming an Acceptable Way of Talking and Writing?

Vulgar or disgusting talk is becoming more and more acceptable on radio, TV, movies, and in print!

  • U.S. Sen. Carl Levin repeatedly quotes the phrase "sh--ty deal" from a Goldman Sachs memo.
  • Rapper Kanye West titles his new album "Good Ass Job." And "son of a bitch" has become a catchphrase on television's popular "Lost."
  • From Hollywood to Washington, profanity is peppering the lexicon, even in polite company.
  • Not so long ago people couldn't utter the words on TV or print them in newspapers. Today, off-color language has become commonplace, celebrated, even commercialized.
  • Some wordsmiths warn that we are headed toward a future where nothing is "bleep-worthy". They worry that changing how we speak may also change who we are.

  • —Excerpts from
    "Are we becoming a nation of potty-mouths?" by Karen D'Souza;
    kdsouza@mercurynews.com; posted: May 1, 2010.
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