I was born in 1973, and growing up, like everyone else, I was taught which words were acceptable, and which weren’t. Well, nowadays, I constantly seem to hear some of those words that were once considered rude, crude and/or obscene.
Two words that I’m the most curious about are ass and bitch. The word ass is used non stop on TV, by my friends, coworkers, etc… When and why did this stop being considered a crass word?
Also, one time on this board, someone posted a question wondering if the word bitch was being used to much, and pretty much all of the female dopers here (or at least, that’s what it seemed like) jumped in to support the word, which kind of surprised me, considering that growing up it was considered a highly insulting word to call a woman, pretty much as bad as the gender neutral ass hole, but now it has seemed to drop down to the level of the word jerk (I hope that made sense to you). So again, when and why did that word stop becoming so offensive?