Is scum a curse word or just an expressive word?
Some swear words and expressions can be partially corrected by intonation, then they are not perceived as insults. But it depends on the initial meaning and personal perception. For example, "scum". This word has such a strong negative component that even mimicry and intonation will draw it into a positive key only under the condition of well-established interpersonal relations in which it is allowed to use swear words as playful-sarcastic nicknames.
Scum: meaning and origin of the word
Initially, it was about the sediment, which remains at the bottom of a glass, glass or jug. This is either a small part of the wine or other alcoholic drink with settled mist, or simply unfinished drops. Sometimes even the remains of broth with flakes of settled foam and small fragments of bones are called scum.
Such remains of wine and vodka in the taverns were drank up by the fallen drunkards, marginal personalities, they were also considered to be some kind of unsuitable draft of society, which has no place among decent people.Thus, the bastard is someone insignificant, vile and unattractive, not possessing virtues.
Scolding or expression?
Of course, the “scum” is a dirty word, but how to determine the gradation of obscenity? Oaths can be divided into literary and non-print. In this case, we are talking about expressive expression, which is closer to literary. There is no abusive basis in it, it does not refer to genital oaths, and the degree of emotion being invested is quite large.
During a heated quarrel, people usually do not analyze whether to use a word. If you call someone a scum, this clearly indicates a negative attitude towards your opponent.
If we analyze the information flow that the average man perceives, one can find a fairly stable set of expressive words and expressions used to form public opinion through the media. If a journalist creates a report on the topic of the day, consciously uses the emotional component to create the right mood among the audience and calls the offender a scum, this is permissible only up to a certain limit.
You should not use expressive words and expressions in business correspondence and official statements. Public performances in which the abusive expressions are included can cause a stormy response from the audience, but the analyst and forecast of the electorate's attitudes in this case become quite approximate.