S-Space Language Education Institute (언어교육원) Language Research (어학연구) Language Research (어학연구) Volume 18 Number 1/2 (1982)
영어의 저주어에 관한 고찰
On Swear-words in English
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 언어교육원
- 어학연구, Vol.18 No.1, pp. 21-39
- This paper aims (1) to capture some properties of swear-words in contemporary English and (2) to find out reasons why English-speaking people have been making predominant use of sexual and scatological oaths, especially since the 1960s, instead of the oaths derived mainly from religious swear-words, which were persistently uttered previous to W or1d War II.
The following are what 1 have found out in this paper.
With a drastic decline in authority of Christianity and of the Bible, English-speaking people, who take no longer religious oath seriously, turn to sexual and scatalogical oaths for swearing so that they may relieve their feelings with a frightful curse or may display hostile and contemptuous attitudes to the established society.