Research has shown that swearing is good for your brain. There really is an art to swearing. Actually stringing together effectively several swear words stimulates several parts of your brain. Got to love research!
I have several girlfriends who tell me they are trying to stop swearing. Reasons are from ‘cleaning up their act’, to setting a good role model for their children or grandchildren.
I set out an unofficial poll to my girlfriends on occasions when they swear. Here is the top 10:
- Traffic at large
- Other drivers
- While hunting for something misplaced
- When running late
- At the Television
- The Computer
- Cell Phone
- At their Kids
The voracity and kinds of swear words vary greatly. From my poll, language used out loud addressed at no one in hearing range seemed most vigorous while language used at kids and spouses and pets even out of hearing range was quite mild.
According to my friends, frustration is the number one reason for swearing. The number 2 reason is using swear words as descriptive adjectives. I think both of these reasons occur for men and women.
My husband recently demonstrated some creative swearing expressions when trying to use the speak feature on the TV remote. Every colorful expression he said, the remote tried to find a show to match.
Men and women who swear a lot are called potty mouthed, colorful, swears like a sailor or a bit salty. A company I used to work for had a code of conduct handbook. In there we were told we could not swear. If we were caught it was grounds for dismissal. Professionally I sometimes had to bloody my tongue to stop myself from swearing. At times there was a lot of swearing going on in my mind but I never let it slip out and I do take pride in that because there really were times it would have felt good to let loose a sting of very bad words!
What makes you swear? Are you swearing more or less than you used to?