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Morals vs. Ethics[edit]

"(ethics carries) connotations of... customary proper behavior peculiar to a given society"

I removed this since it is, in fact, exactly wrong and is not supported by any citations.Benjamindees (talk) 16:00, 28 March 2012 (UTC)


The French word for "mores" is "mœurs". This is one of the very few rare words in French which change gender with number (singular is masculine, plural is feminine). It is almost exclusively employed in the plural.

—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:52, 9 August 2009 (UTC)

Taboos form the subset of mores that forbid a society's most outrageous behaviours such as incest and murder.

I'm not sure if I quite agree with two statements in the above sentence:

1. I disagree that incest is necessarily an "outrageous" behavior.

2. I think just about any society would outlaw murder, so is it a good example to use as a taboo? 00:50, 15 May 2005 (UTC)

Actaully, not to be too picky, however, naming any examples of "Taboo" behavior would essentailly violate the POV neutrality of the article. Perhaps if the culture(s) associated with recognizing a listed behavior as Taboo were succinctly listed, then it wouldn't violate the code.-- 21:58, 16 May 2005 (UTC)

irelevant (not just irreverant) image[edit]

What is the point of the attached image? Of the French 19th century gynecologist? It seems to to be saying that "here's an image of normal activity in one culture that's provocative in another". But it fails. How is what is depicted different from a modern Western physician giving a ob-gyn exam? It's not. I don't see how the picture illustrates the point of the article (can an abstract notion be illustrated?). This seems an excuse to display a titillating image. I will remove in a few weeks for lack of relevance.

Definition of Taboo[edit]

A taboo is not necessarily something that a culture finds wrong, but something it finds repulsive. In American society, I regret to admit that murder or rape are no longer taboos. It's not repulsive anymore because it's just so common that people have grown complacent with it all.

Are you completely morally retarded or just ignorant? To say that rape and murder aren’t taboo is completely ridiculous. In case you haven’t noticed people seem to get arrested for that AND upstanding members of society look down on it to say the least. Maybe in the hole you crawled out of murder, rape, and incest are socially acceptable, but in the rest of America all three are completely morally reprehensible, and so are your pessimistic comments. Jimmyjones22 05:40, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

I totally do not agree that murder and rape arent taboo anymore. to event think that both of these is not repulsive is totally inhumane. If society is that twisted that rape and murder have become a complacent thing to us then i must say that i feel very sorry for the generations to come. whats next it will be ok to have sex with your mother or sister???? 06:21, 26 March 2007 (UTC)

WikiProject class rating[edit]

This article was automatically assessed because at least one WikiProject had rated the article as stub, and the rating on other projects was brought up to Stub class. BetacommandBot 04:18, 10 November 2007 (UTC)

Singular form?[edit]

Does mores have a singular form, or is it a plural noun? This article refers to "a more", so shouldn't this article be titled "More" or "Social more"? Just a little confused. --beefyt (talk) 15:36, 31 March 2009 (UTC)

Mores exists as a loan in English. Mos doesn't. Wikipedia isn't a Latin dictionary, we give the most common name in English usage.

OED lists "mores n., with pl. concord". You can say "the mores are ..." in English, but you cannot say "the mos is ...". --dab (𒁳) 11:47, 22 April 2010 (UTC)

Correlation with Latin[edit]

The article seems to suggest that MORES was invented by a US sociologist and by the way it's also a latin word.

I think the abstract should say that mores is a latin word which means "habits" (good or bad). Morality/ethos comes after this, as "good habit". Just my opinion. Carlesso (talk) 20:31, 11 March 2012 (UTC) Oh, and of course the singular is mos (mos, moris). Mores is the plural nominative and again, there's no connotation of good or bad, and I think THIS should be pointed out in the definition. Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Carlesso (talkcontribs) 20:32, 11 March 2012 (UTC)