Swearing: the Do’s & Don’ts

The use of profanity in films has been controversial since Gone with the Wind was broadcast in 1939. The use of the word ‘damn’ by Rhett Butler in that movie sparked large-scale outrage.

Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind (source)

Today, almost eight decades later, that word could pass pretty much without impact. However, there are other swear words presented in cinema, including films rated PG, M or MA. The morality of this is debated and the guidelines are grey.


The following survey is designed to test people’s perceptions of what language is suitable on various different occasions. I will use this data to further explore the nature of coarse language in film.

Tell me what you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s