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When speaking of doing this everyday as a daily routine, this is a civilized thing to do.

When speaking of doing this only when something's wrong, this is a nasty thing to do.

What is this thing we all do?

Note: No censoring is required for this action in both cases.

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  • $\begingroup$ cenlvat pbzrf gb zvaq, ohg V pna'g znxr "anfgl" dhvgr svg $\endgroup$ – SteveV Feb 5 at 5:02
  • $\begingroup$ V jnf guvaxvat "ehaavat", ohg vg qbrfa'g ernyyl svg jvgu pvivyvmrq $\endgroup$ – Pepper Feb 5 at 7:49
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    $\begingroup$ My guess would be "pyrnavat gur gbvyrg". $\endgroup$ – WhatsUp Feb 5 at 9:41
  • $\begingroup$ @WhatsUp That's... not part of a daily routine ^^" $\endgroup$ – risky mysteries Feb 5 at 12:53
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    $\begingroup$ @user It's big a stretch to say everybody uses one everyday. $\endgroup$ – risky mysteries Feb 5 at 15:14
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I think the answer is

washing one's hand

When speaking of doing this everyday as a daily routine, this is a civilized thing to do.

Washing one's hand is considered basic hygiene

When speaking of doing this only when something's wrong, this is a nasty thing to do.

This alludes to the idiomatic "washing one's hands of something" which means (quoting Wiktionary): To absolve oneself of responsibility or future blame for; to refuse to have any further involvement with

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Here is another possible answer

wearing a mask : civilized during the pandemic | when something's wrong = during a heist/theft/etc

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    $\begingroup$ During a rot13(urvfg/gursg/rgp), it's really unusual for it to be called nasty to rot13(jrne n znfx), as it's the rot13(urvfg/gursg/rgp) that is bad. $\endgroup$ – risky mysteries Feb 6 at 13:06
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There are a couple of different answers which kind of fit but I think the answer is

Brushing your teeth

When speaking of doing this everyday as a daily routine, this is a civilized thing to do.

Brushing one's teeth (preferably 2-3 times a day) is part of a healthy daily routine

When speaking of doing this only when something's wrong, this is a nasty thing to do.

If something is wrong with your teeth, then it usually requires intervention by a dentist. This is both nasty with respect to the pain caused and also from a hygienic perspective.

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  • $\begingroup$ It's probably nasty to have rot13(onq grrgu), but rot13(oehfuvat) is nonetheless the same concept in both cases in your answer. $\endgroup$ – risky mysteries Feb 6 at 13:03
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Another fit:

launder

When speaking of doing this everyday as a daily routine, this is a civilized thing to do:

Wash and iron (clothes or linen). "He wasn't used to laundering his own bed linen." (source: Google/Oxford Languages)

When speaking of doing this only when something's wrong, this is a nasty thing to do:

Conceal the origins of (money obtained illegally), typically by transfers involving foreign banks or legitimate businesses. "$123,000 had been laundered through Geneva bank accounts." Alter (information) to make it appear more acceptable. "We began to notice attempts to launder the data retrospectively." (source: Google/Oxford Languages)

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  • $\begingroup$ Care to explain the downvote? $\endgroup$ – JJM Driessen Feb 6 at 13:13
  • $\begingroup$ I didn't, but I don't find it common to rot13(qb ynhaqel) as a daily routine. $\endgroup$ – risky mysteries Feb 6 at 13:31
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My answer is:

Laugh

Because:

It's healthy to laugh every day but to laugh when something is wrong is schadenfreude.

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