The Nature of Swearing

front 6The powerful urge to swear and utter cuss words has its origins deep down in human psyche. They rise out of the swelling cauldron of turbulent human emotions which are in a constant state of friction and tension. When they can no longer be controlled, they spill out through the tongue in the form of swear words. The tongue unleashes a volley of words which, by no means, are sweet to hear, and hurt those to whom they are directed. Not only, do they shake the persons present, but also disturb the calm and peaceful atmosphere. Such is the destructive power of these swear words that their sharp negativity casts a cloud of gloom in the minds of the listeners for a long time to come and portrays a bad impression of the person who utters those words. Though cuss words are in no way acceptable, their increasing use has begun to gnaw the very fabric of a civilized society like a termite, and weaken it from inside.

But it is not only in fits of anger that we utter cuss words. They are spelt in states of anxiety, in jovial moods, and even in utter astonishment. When uttered in those states of mind, they are by no means harmful and offensive in nature. But even those swear words make an indelible mark on people, though for only some moments. Offensive or not, swear words have become not just words, but powerful means of expression and feelings, with numerous connotations and various meanings, when spoken in different social situations. Their negative affects far outweigh the positive aspects and have become widespread in modern conversations and lingo.

Social scientists and psychiatrists studying the reasons behind such liberal use of swear words have come up with results that are nothing but alarming. Curse words, it seems according to research and studies, serve many purposes. Swearing not just releases anger and frustration, but also let other people know how you’re feeling. They channel the emotions inside to flow out as a verbal onslaught and lays bare the hidden anger suppressed within the soul. They also make statements bold and creates a direct and sudden emphasis – statements which otherwise would have been orally spoken sentences.

Whatever the reasons, swearing affects all of us in some way or the other – emotionally, mentally and physically, though the signs are very subtle. Only determined efforts and a cultivated mind will rid us of the habit of swearing and uttering curse words. Let us make a firm resolve not to swear, even if the impulse to swear is very strong. You can always find substitute words and expressions which communicate the same emotions, if you really work around with your language. This initiative to make our language free of cuss words can be an infectious one, if people join hands and swear not to swear. Learn about this more on www.gaalifreeindia.org.

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Deconstructing Swearing

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Swearing is so commonplace. We hear it almost every day, in various situations of life. In every single line, every single sentence that is spoken around us, swearing words has become increasingly used in one’s vocabulary. We hear it from friends, family members, strangers we encounter in public places, while commuting in crowded trains, buses, walking or traveling. It seems by the repeated use of swear words that people don’t find it abusive or immoral to use them anymore. Not even adults, children too are using curse words in their day to day language. It is almost shocking to imagine a scenario in the near future, where swearing words are on the tip of every tongue and every thought that crosses the mind comes with its liberal use of swear words. And increasing personal tensions, strife and struggle to etch a decent living, the desire to succeed and difficulty to accept failure, gives rise to an inner turmoil of the mind that acts as a fuel, igniting negativity and hatred among people and spurs them to utter curses and degrade themselves and others.

Such dreaded scenarios are not far off, and if we don’t act today as a community, as a person, and as a responsible human being, we won’t have to wait too long for the day to come. In view of such a disastrous future, let’s delve deep into ourselves and discover swearing in all its ugliness. Since when did we start to swear? Did we hear swear words from someone or did they occur within ourselves on their own? What were the situations that made us swear? Do we swear only when angry, or we swear spontaneously on other occasions too? Questions will make us uncomfortable, for sure. But facing these questions will uncover truths that we fear most and dread to know. It is then that we will see ourselves in a new light. It is this inner cleaning process from which will emerge a new vision of ourselves – a vision that will be pure and devoid of negative forces. This will be the true you and will show you what you were before you wore those cloaks of anger, pride, ego, jealousy and acquired all those negative energies that started to get attracted to you like a huge magnet.

Swearing occurs in the mind. It all begins when we hear and pick up strange sounding words consciously or unconsciously from our peers, elders, friends, strangers and try to comprehend its meaning. Quite often, the meaning or its connotations will become evident from its tone and the situations under which those words were uttered. It gets ingrained in our thinking process unconsciously, over a period of time. Once it takes its hold on our psyche, and when we hear those words again and again, it becomes a part of our unconscious brain and then it does not require any effort on our part to swear. It comes naturally to our tongues and becomes part of our natural conversations. Neither we realise that we are swearing, nor are we able to figure it out why do we utter such words in the first place. We do not find anything wrong in swearing. And when asked the reasons, our mind invents arguments and builds a web of logic to prove why swearing is just no problem at all!! We justify our swearing and transfer the onus on the society and its evils. And it is true to some extent. Isn’t it!!

To escape from the evil clutches of swearing needs a firm focus on moral values and a determined effort on our part to let go of this bad habit. It is an initiative that springs from within ourselves. Supporting this initiative, www.gaalifreeindia.org is a platform to free India and its population from the vices of cursing words and bring some purity to its languages. It gives a social impetus that eggs us on to develop a gaali-free India.

Water Communications to launch the second leg of Gaali Free India campaign

The initiative is being done on Children’s Day to stop people from abusing in front of their children.

Water Communications a Mumbai based communications and digital agency, is launching its second leg of Gaali Free India initiative on November 14, 2016 on the occasion of Children’s Day. This initiative fosters ambitions to rid India of the curse of verbal abuse.

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After concerted thinking and strategising, the agency emerged with a digital campaign that conveyed the message in a cute, light manner. The campaign took everyday’s harsh words that border on abuse, and gave them a childlike spin and creative interpretation. The reason behind this thinking is that today children are mouthing bad-words absorbed from adults’ own usage, and happily parroting the same, often without even knowing what it means.

The agency has come up with a digital campaign to promote the initiative.

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Vandana-Sethhi-Gaali-Free-IndiaSpeaking about the initiative, Vandana Sethhi, says in a press release, “I have always wanted to give back to society. For years, even decades, I have been appalled by the depths to which the language of my fellow countrymen has fallen. As a proud Indian, I want to see Indian society as a shining example to the rest of the world. The world looks at us and our culture and history with awe and appreciation.”

She adds, “It’s time we stop crudeness in our talk from ruining this respect that has taken centuries to build. Our children are our future, if we can free them of this menace now; inculcate in them the right values of pure verbal communication, just think how beautiful future society will be!”

Gaalis, the modern leeches

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Gaalis are no less than leeches that feed on our value systems, our moral and emotional health. The more we use gaalis in our life, the more it sucks out the core values out of our lives. It is in our hands to remove the leeches out of our life to be able to live life meaningfully.

Is anyone really proud of using curse words and gaalis to disdain and taunt others? Is this what feeds their ego and makes them feel happy? Does anyone think twice before using curse words and what it actually implies? Most curse words are so vulgar and often used in the context of mothers and daughters. So aren’t people actually insulting mothers and sisters by using curse words? Don’t others mothers and sisters hold the same meaning as it does for one’s own mother and sisters? So why use ‘MC’ and ‘BC’ as part of one’s vocabulary?

The answer is with each and every one of you and so is the solution. It’s time to set an alarm clock in our minds and every time you feel frustrated and try to depend on curse words to vent out your angst, let our biological alarm buzz and remind you to refrain from using gaalis. If not for anyone, do it for mothers and sisters sake. Bring back the real respect into our value systems.

Over to you now! It’s time to inspire others and as responsible citizens, work towards making India Gaali Free.

Learn more about this initiative on www.gaalifreeindia.org. Be a Gaali Free Ambassador! Pledge to never use gaalis in front of parents, sisters, wife, children, at work, with friend or in your surroundings. Respect your language and pass on the rich language heritage to your posterity that’s devoid of the filth of gaalis! Do it for the love of your sanskriti.

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Censor Board tells Vikram Bhatt to reduce the usage of the ‘F**k’ word in Raaz Reboot

Director Vikram Bhatt, whose films have ran into censorship hurdles in the past, had a tough time with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for his upcoming flick, Raaz Reboot. He concedes that the cuts they asked for the Emraan Hashmi-Kriti Kharbanda-Gaurav Arora-starrer left him flabbergasted.
The CBFC told the filmmaker to cut down the usage of the ‘F’ word from 32 to 16. The original scene in question features a possessed Kriti screaming the ‘F’ word at Emraan and Gaurav in a satanic kind of succession.Vikram says the reason given to him was that `32 is too much and can’t be allowed’.
In another instance, the trailer, which was given a ‘UA’ rating for theatres, was given an A’ rating for television. The director asked his promo makers to study horror shows on TV and cut the trailers accordingly. “Out of the three 20-second promos that we sent to the Censor Board, one was given ‘UA’ and the other two were rated ‘A’. I was appalled, “he recalls.
Having had to water down the trailers considerably for a ‘UA’ rating for TV , Vikram admits, “I cannot showcase the horror film unless I use a videosharing site. But there is a huge audience out there that doesn’t even visit the site. How do I reach them?”

Source – Bombay Times

Gaalis – A blot on sanskriti

GFI Banner 02 CIndia is the land of billions of people who live unitedly and respect each other’s faiths, religions, customs and traditions since generations. It is the land where thousands of Gods and Goddesses are worshipped. A country where most festivals are celebrated as a universal festival. A country where sanskriti, values, tehzeeb are inculcated in every family and passed on to generations. With such good value systems in place, why have gaalis become a part of the language and eating up the core values like termites feeding on wooden furniture which once was sturdy and aesthetically beautiful? Gaalis are the blot on one’s core sanskriti. They are like tumours slowly affecting the entire other healthy aspects of families. Even one member who uses gaalis in the family eventually influences others to use it even without realising its repercussions. The youngest members are easy preys and so are the women members who are abused verbally very often. So isn’t this an alarming epidemic that’s slowly plaguing our value systems and crippling it beyond repair? As modern India, the country is progressing beyond compare but are we progressing spiritually and in moral values? Are we respecting our sanskriti and language the way it needs to be respected?

The answer is with each and every one of us and so is the solution. It’s time to set an alarm clock in our minds and every time we feel frustrated and try to depend on curse words to vent out our angst, let our biological alarm buzz and remind us to refrain from using gaalis for our posterity’s sake.

Over to you now! It’s time to inspire others and as responsible citizens, work towards making India Gaali Free.

Learn more about this initiative on www.gaalifreeindia.org. Be a Gaali Free Ambassador! Pledge to never use gaalis in front of children, at work, with friend, at home or in your surroundings. Respect your language and pass on the rich language heritage to your posterity that’s devoid of the filth of gaalis! Do it for your children’s sake!

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Gaalis – Hindrance to one’s progress

logoThere are so many instances whereby children who are passionate about realising their dreams be it in sports or any other field are forced to re-consider their career option and retreat as a result of the negative influence on them by their peers and people associated with them.

In one of the instances, a young promising teenage cricketer stopped going for his routine cricket coaching. His parents were taken aback as he was a boy who had dreamt only of being a cricketer and doing his country proud like his other cricketing icons. As years went by, one day when his father coaxed him to open up and share his views on why he left cricket, pat came the reply that he couldn’t handle the gaalis that his other fellow players were using in their conversations with him.

The boy’s co-players greeted and passed remarks on each other using lewd gaalis. This became a common practise and the boy felt very uneasy in their company.

He couldn’t focus on the game, he started retreating from them. He would often keep wondering as to why they use such gaalis. It was a nagging habit to make someone a scapegoat and use a volley of gaalis to tease, humiliate and mock at others.

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GAALIS RULING AS FASHION

logoIn today’s day and age, fashion plays a pivotal role- new hairdos, new attire, flaunting latest handsets and gadgets, new interiors, new fashion statements, new health menus and what not… but what’s leading ahead is the trend of gaalis being in vogue.

Not just the students at school and college campuses but people at workplaces, social gatherings and in almost every household use gaalis. These gaalis irrespective of the ugliest and of utmost vulgarity are used in day to day conversations. People who use gaalis directly influence the youngsters and kids staying with them who think that it is cool to use curse words when their elders themselves think it to be a cool fashion statement.

With this key insight, Gaali Free India was conceptualised as a humble attempt to make people realize that gaalis are a blot on the rich cultural and language heritage of India and an extremely negatively influencing factor on the emotional wellbeing of women, youth and children at large.

It’s time to inspire others and as responsible citizens, work towards making India Gaali Free.

Learn more about this initiative on www.gaalifreeindia.org. Be a Gaali Free Ambassador! Pledge to never use gaalis in front of children, women, at work, in front of friends, at home or in your surroundings. Respect your language and pass on the rich language heritage to your posterity that’s devoid of the filth of gaalis! Over to you now! Do it for the respect of one’s language!

Let’s work towards incorporating Swachh Bhasha, Swachh Bharat as a way of life- for only when we clean our diction and vocabulary, it will benefit our country.

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Gaalis pe taalis

logoMovies are an extension of people’s lives. People relate with the characters in some way or the other and which is why the protagonists play a crucial role in influencing the persona of many people. The style, diction, dialogues, action, songs, story – every facet of movie influences and impacts different people in different ways. What affect them profoundly are the dialogues and the script of the film. Dialogues with not just romantic lines whereby the hero woos his woman, but with lewd words that are laced with gaalis. And spectators get a kick and respond back on gaalis with taalis and seetis. Most people come to watch movies with families. Children are the ones who pick up the gaali-filled dialogue deliveries and start reciting them in front of parents, siblings and friends. Most children don’t even realise the meaning of the lewd gaalis but use it just because their heroes use them with great style and panache in movies. Do they realise of the repercussions it could have on their psyche. Children start using gaalis as part of their normal conversations. Over a period of time it becomes a style statement. Those who refrain from it are nick-named sissies and those who start the trend are treated as role models.
Gaalis are a modern disease and its cure lies with people themselves.

With this key insight, Gaali Free India was conceptualised as a humble attempt to make people realize that gaalis are a blot on the rich cultural and language heritage of India and an extremely negatively influencing factor on the emotional wellbeing of women, youth and children at large.

It’s time to inspire others and as responsible citizens, work towards making India Gaali Free.

Learn more about this initiative on www.gaalifreeindia.org. Be a Gaali Free Ambassador! Pledge to never use gaalis in front of children, women, at work, in front of friends, at home or in your surroundings. Respect your language and pass on the rich language heritage to your posterity that’s devoid of the filth of gaalis! Over to you now! Do it for the respect of one’s language!

Let’s work towards incorporating Swachh Bhasha, Swachh Bharat as a way of life- for only when we clean our diction and vocabulary, will do our country good.

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Gaalis are an addiction!

logoPeople who are addicted to cigarette smoking and drinking know about the repercussions on their health and yet they continue to be dependent on them as they are addicted to it. Similarly people who use curse words and gaalis become habituated to using it to such an extent that some people use it in every sentence they utter. Gaalis are a modern disease of the mind which has become an epidemic and seems to have afflicted millions of people. Like passive smoking, it is affecting people who are made scapegoats of a volley of gaalis. Especially women and children, who face verbal abuse from their own family members, continue to live a miserable life, in turn cursing their fates. People try to get cured of their addiction to smoking and drinking, but does anyone try to get cured of their addiction to gaalis? It’s time to wake up and question yourself? Just ask yourself these simple truths- ‘Am I respecting my language?” Is my diction, gaali free? “Am I addicted to using gaalis?” If the answer is ‘yes’ to more than one question, you seriously need to take a deep look at your deeply-rooted values which your parents have imbibed in you and take a concrete step to respect it. It’s time to face the addiction to gaalis and get yourself treated before it’s too late. It’s cure lies with you and you alone.

Gaali Free India is a humble attempt to make people realize that gaalis are a blot on the rich cultural and language heritage of India and an extremely negatively influencing factor on the emotional wellbeing of women and children at large.

It’s time to inspire others and as responsible citizens, work towards making India Gaali Free.

Learn more about this initiative on www.gaalifreeindia.org. Be a Gaali Free Ambassador! Pledge to never use gaalis in front of children, at work, in front of friends, at home or in your surroundings. Respect your language and pass on the rich language heritage to your posterity that’s devoid of the filth of gaalis! Over to you now! Do it for your children’s sake!

Let’s work towards incorporating Swachh Bhasha, Swachh Bharat as a way of life- for only when we clean our diction and vocabulary, will do our country good.

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