Is damn a swear word?

Posted on Tue 05 December 2006 in zzz - None of the Above

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?