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Why Do We Swear?

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Why Do We Swear?
Jay notes that swear words (or taboo words, as he calls them) can include sexual references ( fuck), those that are profane or blasphemous ( goddamn), scatological or disgusting objects ( shit), animal names ( pig, ass), ethnic/racial/gender slurs ( fag), ancestral allusions ( bastard), substandard vulgar terms and offensive slang.

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Why people swear

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 ...

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Swearing: a universal constant

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 ...

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It improves your workout

One study found that participants who swore saw a 2 to 4 percent increase in performance and an 8 percent boost in strength compared to those who kept their mouths shut.

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It releases stress

When we complain or vent without cursing, we are keeping ourselves in check and don't totally release all feelings.

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