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Should Certain Words Be "Banned" from Our Languages?

Updated on April 20, 2015
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Words are known to be the cause of outcry when used improperly or in such a way that suggests you show carelessness towards something. Often times, when something doesn't conform to a person in someway, demeaning language is used to show it; this is common almost everywhere and has reached continents, countries, and states through outlying influence; used commonly for disapproval reasons of not just one particular being, but many. Subjecting words to demean things is seen a lot through people's views on womens rights, mental health, and things of such nature. The word "Whore" for example doesn't depict all women by it's meaning, but still is a widely used term for someone who sells themselves in a sexually devoted way so they are given a favor in return such as money or a place to stay, what many know is that women are called this, although they have never worked in the sex trade. The word "Whore" has a negative connotation especially, because many women have been forced against their will or have contracted fatal diseases as a result, further giving reason to why a word such as this one is not promoted so much by those old enough to label it atypical. There are words that don't appear to be as unexceptional to people, but which meet the regulations to be considered just as bad if not worse than that of ones used today. The word "Gyp" is quite synonymous to the word fraud today but goes back to when European immigrants with unknown origins were labeled this, eventually giving way to the word "Gypsy" meaning people with dark features with Romany inheritance who speak mostly Romany language, residing in different parts of the world. How could the term "Gyp" be advertised in an unlikeable way? Well these very people were considered outsiders and were astranged by everyone for periods of time, until they were able to part ways with rumors relating to their heritage being in North Africa. When you think of the word "Imbecile", you most likely think of someone who acts without intellect but isn't actually perceived to be stupid, they act in a way however, that might make some believe they are. The word "Imbecile" used to be a way to categorize people with actual intellectual disabilities and those with a smaller span of attainment when it referred to their grasp on things, nevertheless, it is made to seem like a bad thing really when it's not. The ways we word things sometimes can startle reactions and rekindle feelings of others, but it must be known that a lot of words used today shouldn't just be cut from our everyday usage because of what they cite based on others recognization. Just because words have a different meaning than what most think and they bring about our contemptous nature, doesn't mean they shouldn't be used. Words shouldn't have restrictions and because one person feels that a word is of no good use, doesn't mean that others feel the same way. Finding compliance among the many words that most use at their own risk should be what is sought out, rather than finding ways to avoid usage of these words. Devising ways so that a word can easily be distinguished from it's unintended meaning would also be helpful, if that seems like the correct thing to do.

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