A Good Introduction

“Ignorant, immature, disrespectful, lazy, obscene, all are words some people employ in describing the use of profanity. How can someone neglect a part of speech that helps people describe some of their most defining moments. How effective would Rhett Butler’s final reference to Scarlet O’ Hare in the big screen classic Gone With the Wind have been if Clark Gable had taken leave with these words “ Frankly, I don’t give a darn!” It loses a little of its dramatic punch, does it not? Clearly, profanity, or swearing as it is more commonly called, is a vital component of the English language because swearing conveys powerful emotions and emphasizes a wide variety of expressions. There are numerous misconceptions about swearing. First, that it is shows disrespect; second, that it is just lazy speech; and lastly, that it shows that the speaker has a limited, or minute vocabulary. These are all plausible assumptions on the surface, but they are quickly proven inaccurate upon deeper examination. In fact a well placed profane word can spice up a rather dull statement making it exciting, funny, or even dramatic. Most people do not simply use swearing to offend people. Swearing can be used when the speaker is happy, excited, or even disappointed. (John Langstaff. 2004.The Positive Aspects of Swearing)” The paper is attached(swearing).

I really like the introduction to this paper that my brother wrote when he was in high school because it drew the audience in and y presented his topic well. I got to reading through all of my brothers old papers and this one really stuck out to me. It uses great examples and it is very well written. I feel that it is a phenomenal introduction because it covers all of the aspects of a good introduction and it flows very well. It really grabs the reader’s attention. It makes me want to read the rest of the paper and half the battle is getting someone to actually read it.

    • jseeley1000
    • September 26th, 2011

    Some people might also dislike the usage of internet short type such as “lol”. But let me start this comment off with a big LOL. I actually somewhat agree with the premise your brother sets. Swearing isn’t going to be offensive to your audience unless they let themselves be offended. Now, it’s never that simple, some people may not be able to sway themselves toward not being offended. In that light, in an attempt to live as peaceably as possible, I tend to avoid the language myself. But, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it in and of itself.

    Now, on the subject of it being an engaging lead, I think that yes it can be (depending on who you are, that’s how art is, we all have our different tastes). Had I not already considered this subject on my own in greater detail, I believe I would want to read on, so it is engaging. The issue I have with this paragraph is it’s a bit long for a lead. I think that it should be possible to draw the reader in with a shorter introduction, though.

  1. I really like that you picked something from you brother. It seems like a very well written paper. It speaks a lot of truth about swearing though.

  2. I agree I do not think that I don’t give a darn has the same punch. It is unfortunate but our society has become OK with the use of profanity in every day usage of words. And I can say that I am guilty of that as well. But this was a good choice for an attention seeking activity because it defiantly caught mine!

    • Roz Weedman
    • October 3rd, 2011

    Everything is context with language — audience, purpose, what impact the writer wants to create. Nothing is off the table (and a lot of really smart, articulate people use “off color” language that, in the right context, can be appropriately hilarious or outraged). In terms of writing for school (even college), again — ok in a creative context. Mostly not in normal essays or research. Engaging lead? Yes indeed!

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