• Meita Ervi Santi Universitas Mercu Buana Yogyakarta
  • Agustinus Hary Setyawan Universitas Mercu Buana Yogyakarta


Swearing plays a significant role in daily conversations among humans, both in oral and textual communication, and occurs frequently on the internet, typically featured by informal language and spontaneous writing. Therefore, this study aims to discover the types and functions of swear words that appear on the internet, especially on, the website that provides memes or humor to entertain users. This research used a descriptive qualitative method to achieve the research objectives. The source of data is the users' comments on related to COVID-19 over three months. The theory of Anderson and Trudgill (1990) for the types of swear words and the theory of Ljung (2011) about the function of swear words were used to analyze the data. This research found all types of swear words: expletive, abusive, humorous, and auxiliary. There were only 8 out of 14 functions that appeared in this research. The intention of using swear words by the users of is to express someone's emotion or feeling, for instance, anger, frustration, joy, and surprise.

How to Cite
SANTI, Meita Ervi; SETYAWAN, Agustinus Hary. AN ANALYSIS OF SWEARING WORDS USED IN Annual International Conferences on Language, Literature, and Media, [S.l.], v. 5, p. 61-68, sep. 2023. ISSN 2807-601X. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 17 apr. 2024. doi: