Are Americans becoming more vulgar?

Please bear with me as this post is a work in progress. Today I am attempting to let my hair down, relax on the research, and express a viewpoint. I have limited time and focus as the animals, children, and husband are circling around me. To make things even more hurried, I have a commitment to be somewhere soon. So, I am going to hurry and spit it out.

I read a good amount of material, and I read often. Unfortunately, I usually end up spending more time reading the comments following an article rather than focusing on the article itself. The reason being that I am often shocked and taken back by the amount of negative and derogatory terms used. People who write in the comments section rarely have anything substantial or intelligent to add. Usually it is a brief harangue filled with vicious attacks. I would even go so far as to say that the posts border on hatred.

Rarely is this hatred focused on one individual or idea. It is often a fountain of expletives and poorly written insults against another group. It is what I would consider political racism between republicans/conservatives and democrats/liberals. I am not implying that intelligent people capable of disagreement and literate discourse are the perpetrators here. I am simply suggesting that the many illiterate, bigoted, intolerant, and hypocritical respondents have little to offer except regurgitated epithets that are often inflammatory and unjustified. It makes me wonder how many people in America actually think and act in this way. It scares me to realize that there are people in America who think and act this way. I am not suggesting my own superiority as I do not feel that way. I do not propose that my style of expressing myself is any better than any other. Nevertheless, I do expect a certain amount of decorum from people, especially adults. And I would like to think that Americans are capable of more than overused slang and vulgarities.

I am beginning to work on a list of derogatory terms as I stumbles across them. Feel free to send me any you have seen. I will continue to add to the lists. As I said, this is a work in progress.

Derogatory terms for republicans & conservatives

republitard                                 wingnut
republicant                                 republicrat
republicon
rethuglicans
repugnicants
tea-bagger

Derogatory terms for democrats & liberals

libtard                            tree-huggers
democraps                           demoncrats
hippies                                   dumbocrats
commies                                demonrats

Reference

Stop the Hate; On “Libtards” & “Republitards”

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About alongloudsigh

Who am I? Just an average woman living an average life. There are many labels I would use to define myself: mom, wife, daughter, student, educator, American, etc. I have no professional experience nor am I claiming to be a writer. Sometimes I am brushing up on some skills I will need when I return to academia, and sometimes I am just expressing my views. Lately I seem to be fixated on politics, but I believe that it is mostly due to my utter disbelief and disgust for what is happening in America.

3 responses to “Are Americans becoming more vulgar?”

  1. davidbeem says :

    Thank you for this post, and linking to my page. I’m heartened to read your blog and find someone else who shares this particular concern. Here’s to you!

  2. Natasha Larry says :

    That’s quite a list! I’ve only heard of lib-tard and tea-bagger. As for the question of are Americans becoming MORE vulgar…. I think we’ve been pretty vulgar for awhile now. The fact that this vulgarity is bleeding into our politics is a fact that worries me. Even more worrisome, no one seems concerned about it.

    • alongloudsigh says :

      I agree that there has always been a certain amount of vulgarity, but it used to be frowned upon or viewed as unintellectual. Now it seems as though it is widely embraced and becoming “normal” discourse for many.

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