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Are certain words inherently offensive to the noetic structures of human consciousness?

What if God or nature has made our minds such that we naturally react with aversion to profane words, if our minds are functioning properly?

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  1. An interesting idea, but such basicly offensive sounds would have to at the sub-word level. I think maybe retching is such a sound. It’s basic to human physiology, so it’s cross-cultural. And it indicates sickness, so there is a reason for a natural aversion.
    But I don’t think that anything as culturally dependant as words could qualify. The F-bomb has no meaning to someone who only speaks swahili.

  2. Isn’t it that the mind reacts to what is has learnt? the same thing applies to someone who have been taught profane words and listens to someone who speaks well. Certain words strung together causes people to react with aversion. A word sometimes by itself sometimes do not have such a shocking effect. We are taught that some words are bad to use and have been scold for using them. so,i say yes because the good that i want to do i do not and what is bad i do…You can explore this by reading Romans 7 verse 19. We have a wrestling with ourselves, good and bad and soviety and ourselves…

  3. very wise question. everything in the universe is a vibration. different words have different frequencies based on their inherent meaning/sanctity, so to speak. thus, the word goddess has a higher frequency than the word cess pool. and, in the case of names of people, for example, a person’s name often, if not in fact always, from my experience, carries the frequency of the person named. thus, “hearing” the name dick cheney will make a very sensitive person nauseous; while “hearing” the name of a deity, saint, etc. will have an uplifting effect. sounds strange, but it’s actually accurate. 😉

  4. Perhaps. The intellectual offense can be basic and not necessarily related to the word as it may be calmly pronounced. Perhaps, the emphatic expression of certain types of human anatomy and physiology, as well as divinity, and divine power may be the key. I would say it is possible and it could be cross-cultural without requiring that certain sounds be transcultural in their effect. I don’t know. How would you test a hypothesis like this? Examine the meanings of profane words in a variety of cultures, observe listeners’ reactions in that culture, and note the tone of voice with which they are said. After collecting a lot of data from many cultures, look for trends, relationships, etc.
    It’s as useful as studying earwax in Australian aborigines. (That was actually a study funded by the U.S. government.)

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