Why Do We Swear?
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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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.
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You’re demonstrating that you have a sophisticated theory of mind about the person that you’re talking to and that you understand their mental model.
Attitudinal surveys show that both men and women tend to judge women’s swearing much more harshly.
For example, when women with breast cancer or arthritis swear as a result of their condition, they’re much more likely to lose friends, particularly female friends. Whereas men who swear about conditions like testicular cancer tend to bond more closely with other men using the same vocabulary.
An experiment repeated many times has consistently shown that swearing makes you able to withstand discomfort better.
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It can be a seriously bad idea to let loose and throw a punch at someone who's made us angry.
We use swear words, to let profanity stand in for aggressive action.
Swearing engages both sides of your brain.
This may be why people who have trouble speaking, such as stroke victims or stutterers, are often able to speak more easily when they curse.