Friday, February 4, 2011

In Beverly Gross's Bitch, Gross argues that common swear words such as "bitch" don't have one definitive meaning, and can be used in seemingly endless ways. Gross points out that every dictionary has a different definition for the word "bitch", however the definitions tend to all mean generally the same thing. At the end of the peice, however, Gross argues that some people can take these insults in stride and be proud of the label that has been given to them.

 All in all, I enjoyed this piece. I felt she argued a great amount of information in a humorous way. Also, I really enjoyed how she never really stated her thesis in the piece, it was up for the reader to decipher. When writers do this in short articles and the such, I enjoy reading them more than if the writer had just stated their argument and got on with it, because I like to try to interpret what is being argued more than it being handed to me on a silver platter. What is great about swear words is their meanings tend to stay the same, even throughout history, and I personally felt that the piece really highlighted that point. However, even though the meanings of the words don't really change, the usage of them definitely does, and in the 21st century, we as human beings tend to not use curse words as they were evolved to be. For example, the word "fuck" can be used in almost all applications of the the English as an adjective, pronoun, noun, verb, and the list goes on. Now, in the present, with the classic curse words being almost commonplace and non-shocking, us English speakers need to make some new swear words that will be even more shocking and lewd than before. Right-fuckin-on.

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