In cartuins, profanity is eften depictit bi substitutin seembols ("grawlixes") for wirds, as a form o non-speceefic censorship.

Profanity, as defined bi Merriam-Webster, is "an offensive wird" or "offensive leid".[1] It is an aa cried bad leid, strang leid, coarse leid, foul leid, bad wirds, vulgar leid, lewd leid, swearin, cursin, cussin, or uising expletives. This uise is a subset o a leid's lexicon that is generally considered tae be strangly impolite, rude or offensive. It can shaw a debasement o someone or something, or shaw intense emotion. Profanity in this sense taks the form o wirds or verbal expressions that faw intae the category o formulaic leid.


  1. "Definition of Profanity", Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, retrieved on 2014-08-31.