No swearing
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Would you live in a world where swearing didn’t exist?

On Swear(ing). I promise this will make you feel better about swearing.

Love Island. Idle land.

Where hateful words are muted.

And faces are covered.

F*ck. Oh, no. It is not working.

Oh, fudge it is, then.

We can all stop talking to each other when we want to.

With no repercussions and angry text messages.

Would you want to live there?

Will you survive?


What happens when you bump into a sharp object?

Ouch. That was the sound of my screeching when I hit my head on the brown cabinet in the kitchen.

After leaving it open to get my coffee mug in the morning. Seriously, morning brain is a thing.

But the only word working is “ouch”. Oh boy, I wish I could use that word that rhymes with duck.

But like autocorrect on my phone, the damned word, duck, keeps popping up.

As a result, I do not feel satisfied. Swearing helps me feel better when I mess up, due to my stupidity.

Oh wait, is stupid a curse word? It might as well be.

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More cunning reasons to swear

Next, the cursed monster cars try to cut you. One manages to nip your car’s large butt or derriere.

A gentle you ass*** or b*tch would work well.

But no, you do not have the luxury to use all the taboo words in your brain. R.I.P. An involuntary instinct, gone too soon.

Self-directed curse words, no matter how crude, make me feel better.

Especially, in annoying situations.

Ok, to make us angry driving monsters feel better about ourselves, this 2018 study, measured people’s emotions before and after swearing. The result?

Swearing is cathartic when pedestrians, cross those zebra lines, illegally.

That drives me mad, especially when the traffic light is green at my end. Consequently, a swear word on a drive helps disgruntled drivers cope with anger.

Surprising benefits of dirty swearing (according to science?)

Swearing while quite daring in front of an authority figure, your mom, or grandma, is shockingly beneficial.

The science of naughty, dirty, taboo language 👇🏼.

  1. Swearing can improve the performance of a task that needs a lot of physical power. Like lifting an overly heavy, hefty, closet up three-story stairs.
  2. Swearing aloud, not in your head, helps increase pain tolerance. Yes, you heard that right. We feel less pain when we swear. Who would have thought?

Ok, so now you think, yay. That is the green light to swear away. Sorry, not quite.

Self directed swear words.

Hold up there, too much swearing is ineffective

True, swearing provides relief for some people from pain. But. There is always a but huh?

Overusing swear words in everyday situations makes swearing less efficient in reducing immediate pain.

Why swearing feels so right

Ok, I said it. Swear words make me feel better. Do they work for you too?

Psst. We are not the only ones.

Some people who experience coprolalia, cannot control swearing. Here, it is an uncontrollable and involuntary outburst of taboo words.

This happens in 20-30 % of people with Tourettes syndrome.

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Swearing in different languages

Moreover, I don’t know how to explain this reasonably or logically, but swearing sounds different to me, in many languages.

For some reason, to me, swearing in French sounds less vulgar and rude. Make it make sense, please.

The humor of swear words changes depending on your native tongue. For instance, English-language swearing is more prevalent in Swedish comic strips.

Funnily, I find the same rings true for me, when I hear swear words from a foreign language.

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Photo by Pavel Danilyuk on Pexels.com

The curious case of Arabic swear words

One of the benefits or perils of growing up in an international setting is that you have an “in” on all the swear words from different countries.

After careful consideration, I find Arabic swear words the funniest.

Since all the swear words are directed at the actual person swearing or a family member. Never the recipient, the actual trigger.

For example, if a parent is mad at you, the mom usually says, “Kissemak”, which translates to the pussy of your mother.

Or if they tell you, “ibin kalib”, it means the son of a dog. But, the diss rarely reaches the child directly.

son of dog: Arabic swearing

Are people who swear smarter? Swearing and our brains.

Aunty acid, a meme master, is at the forefront of Facebook jokes. Relatable, undoubtedly.

You may have seen a meme in some form on the other, that says, people who swear are smarter.

Yet, that is not what is shocking.

Swearing is enduring, and can even bypass brain injuries.

The intriguing case of adults, who forgot how to speak but remembered the word “damn it”. Damn, that is crazy.

Since swearing is so engrained in our psyche- a world with no swearing is a bit scary for me.

Aphasia

The curious case of Monsieur Leborge, who had aphasia, which is a condition, where he lost his ability to speak or use spoken language.

However, he was still able to say,

Sacre mon Dieu

In other words, an area in his brain called Broca’s area was damaged. Yet, he could still swear.

This shows us, that swearing is an involuntary or automatic speech pattern, which works even if part of our brain is damaged.

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People with aphasia’s speech is blocked.

Do your grandma and grandpa swear?

everyday english

Hmm. Most likely, yes.

Apparently, all competent English speakers, learn how to swear in English. Taking up, approximately 0.5 percent of our daily word output.

Not that much if you consider how long a 24 hour day is.

Although your grandparents, might not speak English, there is still a roaring likelihood she or he swear, at least sometimes.

Not that it is any of your (or my) business.

However, most of the findings (the ones I read at least) were about English-speaking swear words.

Conclusion: Picking your swearing battles

Swearing is taboo.

A gasp of horror, when a kindergartner drops an “F” bomb, he or she, overheard a parent or aunt and uncle say.

I agree children should not be encouraged to swear.

In my life, I am trying to lean into a world of no swearing. At people, at least.

Directing curse words that end with you, for some reason, trigger my guilt.

In the meantime, I will only save my swearing for horrible, crushing, events.

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Sometimes, we are both.

However, swearing usually involves a speaker (aka me or you) and one or more hearers.

Does it count when we swear to ourselves? I think so.

Additionally, for when I bump into things and feel physical pain. My brain appreciates a good curse word when I feel pain.

Ok, got to go now. Need to practice dealing with annoying humans and drivers without cursing.

See you the next time I curse, aka when I bump into something (tomorrow).

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What is your favorite curse word?

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