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Mahmoud Harmouch
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To Damn Or Not To Damn? This Is The Damn Question.

The other day, I was having a casual conversation with my friends and coworkers about whether or not the word damn is appropriate to use on a professional basis. In fact, I didn't mind using it in a couple of my articles and still don't think it is inappropriate to use. However, on some occasions, it reflects my frustration when interacting with a new language, library or software, and it was not intended to offend anything. Moreover, in spoken English, the fact that you can pronounce it with different tones leads to having a meaning spectrum. Therefore, in this article, we will explore the history of that damn word, its various meanings, and how the term has evolved.

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Definition And Different Interpretations.

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The word damn is a word that has been used in the English language for centuries. It can be used as:

  • An adjective: I can't find the damn thing.
  • An adverb: He is typing so damn fast.
  • A noun: I just don't give a damn.
  • A verb: Damn you for ruining my life!
  • An interjection: Don't waste your time, damn it!

The word's etymology shows that it comes from the Middle English "damnen/dampnen," which means "to condemn." This would make sense because to damn something is to condemn it [0].

Another origin is the Latin word "damno," meaning "to condemn" [1].

It also comes from the Old Norse word "dom", which means fate or destiny [2]. This could be because someone who has been damned by fate cannot escape their destiny; curse it or wish hell on them or it.

Writing about religions, it is crucial to mention that the word damned appeared in the new testament, most likely referred to as cursed [3]. Not sure whether or not the earlier revisions of the old/new testament tries to hide the usage of the word damn. That is questionable. To find the answer, we should examine the oldest known Bible to date.

In professional careers, the word damn is used as an expletive(swear word). There are many different understandings of what this word means. It can also be used to express approval or admiration. For example, "I'm so damn proud of your achievements." However, the word is not always appropriate for various contexts. In formal settings, it can be seen as offensive and vulgar.

If you have a strong mind, just like me, who always tries to find evidence to back up his arguments, you may use homonyms to validate the use of the word. For example, in spoken English, you could say that the word damn sounds similar to "dam", which in its turn refers to what beavers build on the river. Hence, the word is not offensive at all. Although it sounds like one of the most ridiculous arguments you have ever read, yet still valid, and you can't argue with it. In any case, I think the word damn can be classified as the least offensive word compared to other aggressive slur words.

Writing about celebrities, Jordan Peterson didn't mind using it on some occasions like this one [4]. Being a big fan of Peterson, There is no doubt he is the damn christ of our century. I highly recommend watching his video, which by its end, you will conclude that you must pick your damn sacrifice earlier in your career before it's too late and becoming an old infant [5].

Pros And Cons In Professional Career.

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The benefit of using the word damn in a professional career is to grab people's attention. In addition, using this word can be a sign of personality and authenticity. It shows that the person is not afraid to show their true self.

However, the downside though is that it can backfire and make the person look unprofessional or not serious about the job. It could also cause misunderstandings, mainly when used in formal or professional settings like writing this article; wait, what?

Conclusion.

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In essence, there are different ways people interpret the word damn depending on the context of the word being used. However, it is not advisable to use slur words first, especially in formal conversations, because it can make you lose your credibility. What do you think?

That's all for today's article. Thank you for reading! Stay hydrated, folks; see you in the next one.

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References And Resources.

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[0] etymonline.com, damn (v.).

[1] eudict.com, EUdict dictionary: English - Latin.

[2] etymonline.com, -dom.

[3] knowing-jesus.com, 'Damned' in the Bible.

[4] WordToTheWise, 2018. PICK YOUR DAMN SACRIFICE - Powerful Motivational Video | Jordan Peterson. Youtube.

[5] WordToTheWise, 2019. MAKE A DAMN SCHEDULE - Powerful Motivational Video | Jordan Peterson. Youtube.

[6] Wordorigins Discussion Forum, 2004. Etymology of damn.

[7] tentmaker.org. Etymology of the Word "Damn", By Gary Amirault.

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