Swearing is used to signify a number of emotions, (e.g. anger, frustration, joy, surprise). It can be used to achieve a specific reaction from others. It can also be a useful substitute for physical violence.
Swear words can also be used in a more positive manner, in the form of jokes and humor, sex talk, storytelling, self-deprecation or even social commentary.
Swearing is not just for the uneducated or people of a lower socio-economic class - it knows no social boundaries in its expression.
Personality research suggests that people who swear more, score higher on traits such as extraversion, dominance, hostility and Type A personalities.
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