Okay so usually I'm the kind of person who refrains from swearing lots believing it good practice and good manners (not that I ever understood the latter). However I've had my perceptions of swearing challenged by simply watching a man who enjoys language.. Mr Stephen Fry.
As he argues swearing is nothing to do with a poor vocabulary and in fact is often indicative of the opposite. He also points out that although many say it is unnecessary that such is a ridiculous remark as coloured socks are unnecessary.
The largest revelation, which is one that I'm still mulling over, is that he states that most people who claim to be offended by swearing itself (this is obviously apart from them being offended by what message the words may be conveying) are usually offended because of what they think other's reactions will be. This kind of rings true to me with most castisements comming from people with the lines of "What would your mother think?" or "You wouldn't say that to X would you?".
Anyhow I thought I'd just open this up to you guys and see what you think.
Is swearing part of the language to be used with freedom and relish?
Is swearing intrinsically wrong?
If you do object to swearing is it more the poor usage (like using one certain common four letter word as punctuation) or is it just swearing itself?
What do you think to the idea that being offended by swearing is more social responsibility than being offended by the words yourself?