How swearing works
We all know what “bad words” are. Unlike most other language rules, we learn about swearwords and how to use them without any real study or classroom instruction. Even very young children know which words are naughty, although they don’t always know exactly what those words mean.
In this article, we’ll explore what makes words into swearwords, why most Americans use them and how society responds to swearing. We’ll also look at one of its most fascinating aspects — the way it affects your brain.
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