Is damn a swear word?

Just a thought I’d like some opinions on: Is damn a swear word?

I’ve been thinking that over time different words develop different meanings to different generations. Words that were offensive many years ago have no meaning today. I remember some TV drama set in the past where the phrase “sweating” was offensive. “You don’t sweat” said the posh lady, “people perspire, only horses sweat”. I guess the phrase sweat like a horse meant something when a horse was the primary source of transport and mechanisation.

Anyway, is damn still considered a swear word would you think?

12 thoughts on “Is damn a swear word?

  1. Hi Steve,
    here’s my opinion on the word ‘Damn’
    I wouldn’t consider ‘Damn’ to be a swear word, saying that, i am still only 16, so my life experience is quite limited.
    But i still don’t consider ‘Damn’ to be a swear word.

  2. hi steve
    i am 86 years old and as far as i can remember the word damn has never been a swear, infact i remember back in world war 2 we used the word as a commpliment for our comrades.

  3. i’m a nonnative speaker, and i’m doing a research on swearing. as many references i read, “damn” is considered a swearword, but i see that it is used very normally and frequently among native speakers. i’m so confused! could anyone explain for me, plz?

  4. I am only 15 but to me I don’t think damn is a swear. Today I was wearing a shirt grom nike that said “All Damn day” and my new prinsiple made me turn it inside out. I just think its absurd to do that.

  5. I personally believe that damn is not a curse word, but i realized that i was unsure of whether or not it was. I have checked with several other sites that which have also had a majority agreement that it is not really a curse word. i found that that was still not satisfactory enough so I went to youtube, most “clean” videos still have the word damn in them, I found this to be enough proof for me to be reassured that damn is not a curse word.

  6. Damn is not a swear word at all! I don’t know how it became one in the first place! I said it since I was 7 and I got no punishments

  7. I said “Damn” when did a math question wrong at school and my friend looked surprised at me that I said damn, and the person behind me said “Did you just swear?!?” I was really confused. I don’t think think that damn is a swear, but my Friedman and the person behind me did…?…?…?

  8. I am not sure if the people who are commenting on this are from the US but here it is considered vulgar language depending on the way it is used. If it is used in the manner such as, “the person was damned to hell” then no it is not. That is the true nature of the word. However, if you say, “he is a damn good friend” then that is considered inappropriate and therefore if would be considered vulgar.

    Its not a matter of cursing or the devil as some alluded to but what is socially acceptable as considered brash language. So no matter what your personal use is or opinion on the matter, socially it is not acceptable to use in all settings.

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