I am diverting from my usual parenting rambles today to ask a question, garner opinion, maybe even stir up debate.
What I want to know, and I am looking for all opinions on both sides of the fence…
Is the word “crap” a swear word?
Here’s why I am asking. I use the word. It’s a part of my vocabulary. It’s a word I have used for as long as I can remember, when I am describing something that is bad, rubbish, broken, or in a bad situation. I will also use it as an expletive, occasionally. For me, it’s a common slang word, I am culturally used to using it. I know however that my South African husband, friends and family do not like it as word, to be used in normal conversation, and that others also don’t like it. My American cousins and family use the word, it isn’t seen as a swear word.
When you look up the definition of the word, from the Oxford English dictionary this is what you get:
People have commented before when I have used the word, that it’s a swear word, or not a polite word. I personally have never thought of it that way. Culturally for me, it’s no more a rude word than “damn” or “that’s rubbish”. However I know my mother didn’t approve of the word, and now I have noticed that occasionally that my children will use it, and I know some people don’t like it as and find it offensive. It could be many worse words, I know, but what I really want to know is:
Do you consider the word rude? Or do you think it’s harmless part of normal vocabulary. If you comment, I would love to know where you are from, as well, to give me an idea of background.
So, let it loose. Crap? Is it a swear word or not?