Dirty Talk: Are Bad Words Taking Over The Halls?


Language is constantly evolving in people’s daily lives, especially in high school. Many students in the hallways use slang in their daily conversations and the profanity has also been an enormous part of the younger generation’s daily conversations.

The hallways in high schools are a hub for slang and a place where a lot of profanity is used.

“The language has also changed a lot in slang. You will always hear slang in the hallway. It is what our generation is known for. People used to never say things such as tax, fried and whatever else there is that we say. It has just become the norm for us,” Senior Lily Hall said. “It is not always a bad thing it is just what our generation knows.”

The age of high schoolers ranges from 14 to 18, so the older students tend to be more comfortable with the language whereas younger students may not know what to expect and not feel as relaxed coming into high school.

“Throughout my time at North Central, it appears the language within the student body has gotten more and more unprofessional,” Senior Ian McMath said. “As a senior, I even find myself being a lot more relaxed with the language with my friends in the halls.”

As the year progresses, the seniors and older students may impact the freshman and make them think it is okay to freely cuss.

“Cussing has gotten a lot worse and I feel like people at such a young age are influenced by the people around them,” Hall said. “I started cussing when I was a freshman and sophomore and do a lot more now and I think that is the same for most seniors.”

A lot of the language and slang at school derives from forms of social media such as Instagram and Twitter.

“I think the language has changed a lot. We use more slang now than freshman year just in conversation not to mention through texting and through social media,” Senior Hanna Hines said. “As far as cussing, I think most high schoolers use a ton of profanity. I think it is equal between grades and it really has not been under control.”

Social media is the easiest place for things to spread and people of all ages use them, which makes it easy to influence teens in high school.

“Social media encourages the slang because it can spread so easily through the internet,” Hines said. “I think that is where we find it because it is where it originates.”

Some of the slang is used to the point where students will use it with whoever they want including teachers and staff, which continues to get worse each year.

“When I hear other students in the hall, it seems to me they do not care who is listening and who they are talking to at times,” McMath said. “The slang is getting worse as well with phrases such as “Yuh” for yes and “Bet” for okay just seems uneducated and careless.”

For the freshman, it is a completely different adjustment in high school as people in middle school are much younger and are watched closely for what they say.

“There is a much higher tolerance at NC. Most teachers do not comment when they hear it in the hallways,” Senior Kenzie Wilson said. “People just use it more nonchalantly at NC. At St. Pius in middle school, the F-word was not even used in a sentence ever, especially with teachers around.”

The way students communicate with each other and describe each other is a lot different in high school and is more of a way to express emotion.

“One thing I have learned about the difference between middle school and high school is the way people describe each other,” Freshman Jack Stansberry said. “This might be because I went to a private school. With cussing, nothing really has changed. People cuss which is just a way of showing emotion.”

The punishment in high school is different, as teachers may just tell a student to stop cursing compared to middle school where there are harsher punishments.

“People just do not see it as a huge deal because they are used to it and it is just weird walking through the hallways every day and hearing people yell comments at each other that would have gotten someone suspended or detention at my old school,” Wilson said.

Even with cussing happening a lot more in schools, teachers still have to do their best to tell their students to stop, as other people may be sensitive to it.

“It seems as if everybody uses the profanity,” photography teacher Jenny Lindell said. “I usually say something because there are still some people who are sensitive to it, but if it is kind of a slip or in private conversation I will not say anything to them.”