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People often talk of freedom of speech in this forum and do so in an absolute manner.|
In reality very few things in life are absolutes.
The sun rising in the east every day at a known time, is an absolute.
But freedom of speech is a concept and a belief, and it is not an absolute.
Freedom of speech depends on many variables, such as country, religion, politics, and socio-variables. Pragmatics affects the way people use speech to suit the grade, level, situation or even society.
In many countries, if you verbally threaten to kill someone then you might go to jail, or you might go to jail for racist comments.
There are certain countries where inappropriate utterances are culturally offensive. Everyday language is not necessarily used in front of children and it is taboo to do so, anyone who breaks this code might find themselves being ostracized.
Those who do fall foul of the laws of freedom of speech, the fact it has laws is a hint, often know they are committing a crime.
People have the ability to change their pragmatics to suit the situation and even though they are not free to use certain aspects of communication they somehow manage not to fall foul of the law.
Nevertheless, freedom of speech as a concept is not an absolute and therefore does not exist as one.