X is for X-rated

X = X-rated, profanity, vulgarity, obscenity,Vice, Demons and their ilk.



Profanity, also known as swearingcursingfoul speech, and cussing, is a show of disrespect, a desecration or debasement of someone or something, or the act of expressing intense emotions. Profanity can take the form of words, expressions, gestures, or other social behaviors that are socially constructed or interpreted as insultingrudevulgarobsceneobnoxiousfouldesecrating or other forms.[1]

The original meaning of the adjective profane (Latin: “in front of”, “outside the temple”) referred to items not belonging to the church, e.g., “The fort is the oldest profane building in the town, but the local monastery is older, and is the oldest building,” or “besides designing churches, he also designed many profane buildings”. The meaning has changed over time.


Analyses of recorded conversations reveal that roughly 80–90 spoken words each day – 0.5% to 0.7% of all words – are swear words, with usage varying from between 0% to 3.4%. In comparison, first-person plural pronouns (we, us, our) make up 1% of spoken words.[2]

A three-country poll conducted by Angus Reid Public Opinion in July 2010 found that Canadians swear more often than Americans and Britons when talking to friends, while Britons are more likely than Canadians and Americans to hear strangers swear during a conversation.[3]

As blasphemy

The term “profane” originates from classical Latin “profanus”, literally “before (outside) the temple”. It carried the meaning of either “desecrating what is holy” or “with a secular purpose” as early as the 1450s CE[4]. Profanity represented secular indifference to religion or religious figures, while blasphemy was a more offensive attack on religion and religious figures, considered sinful, and a direct violation of The Ten Commandments.

Profanities in the original meaning of blasphemous profanity are part of the ancient tradition of the comic cults, which laughed and scoffed at the deity or deities.[5][6] An example from Gargantua and Pantagruel is “Christ, look ye, its Mere de … merde … shit, Mother of God.”[7][not in citation given]


verb, pro·faned, pro·fan·ing.


1.characterized by irreverence or contempt for God or sacredprinciples or things; irreligious.

2.not devoted to holy or religious purposes; unconsecrated;secular ( opposed to sacred).

3.unholy; heathen; paganprofane rites.

4.not initiated into religious rites or mysteries, as persons.

5.common or vulgar.

verb (used with object)

6.to misuse (anything that should be held in reverence orrespect); defile; debase; employ basely or unworthily.

7.to treat (anything sacred) with irreverence or contempt;violate the sanctity of: to profane a shrine.

1350–1400;  (adj.) < Latin profānus  literally, before (outside of)the temple; replacing Middle English prophane  < Medieval Latinprophānus  desecrated ( see pro-fane); (v.) < Latin profānāre, derivative of profānus;  replacing Middle English prophanen <Medieval Latin prophānāre  to desecrate

Related forms

pro·fane·ly, adverb

pro·fane·ness, noun

pro·fan·er, noun

half-pro·fane, adjective

non·pro·fane, adjective

X-rat·ed (ĕksʹrā´tĭd) adjective

1.     Having the rating X: an X-rated movie.

2.     Vulgar, obscene, or explicit in the treatment of sex: an X-rated novel; X-rated graffiti.


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