What is the relationship between language and ethics?
Michael Stevens, of Vsauce, looks at why some words are considered ‘bad’. Is there something inherently ‘bad’ about certain words? Does society determine what constitutes a good and bad word? What is more important in determining a swear word – its denotation, or its connotation? He also looks at the evolution of swear words, and what this tells us about the development of society. Key quote:
Bad words are the precipitate of a larger reaction, the process of us slowly becoming what we want to become.