"Ethical" Language? 1. Why is it unethical to use vulgarity? 2. Why is it polite to refrain from using vulgarity? 3. Is this an ethics issue? Vulgarity is an enigma. The English language is awash in vulgar terms that are frequently and superfluously used, yet there are rules which prohibit such language from being used in many public situations. Some communities actually have laws which prohibit such speech, and fines may be imposed on individuals who choose to use such language. Yet, vulgarity is so commonplace these laws are almost never enforced. Why is this? I would appreciate it if someone would offer some additional insight.