What's your feeling on swearing? Personally, I'm for it. I'm a swearer. Fuck this and fuck that, piece of shit, muthableeeeeeeep, etc. It drives my poor Grandma totally nuts because I don't sound like a "nice girl" when I swear.
Well, the joke's on you, GRANDMA! According to research, dropping an f-bomb can actually be therapeutic:
Just as mantras can be soothing, swearing can be cathartic. We swear in response to what Pinker calls the "Oh-Sh!t Wave" in the brain, similar to the "fearsome yelp" in other animals in response to pain or rage. But we are thinking mammals, and thus we know the precise cuss-word to use in a particular situation. Swearing "engages the full expanse of the brain: left and right, high and low, ancient and modern."As much as I love a cathartic or emphatic swear word, I think there is something to the idea of swearing responsibly. As you know, we now have a pretty loosey goosey language culture within my family, but at one point things were much more strict. I only came into swearing regularly in my early 20s - I have so much catching up to do!
However, some authors suggest that we should be wary of casual swearing. In her article, "Why you should give a damn about when you say 'fuck,'" Emma Brockes suggests that the overuse of expletives reduces the powerful (and sometimes funny) words to lazy vulgarities:
As a result of that early prohibition, however, I’ve never quite been able to shake the idea that swearing is big and clever, and when used right, funny. And I’m grateful for that. If the function of foul language - to be held in reserve as a resource more powerful than regular language – is to survive, it has to be used advisedly. Swear by all means, but swear responsibly, or you’ll ruin it for all of us.With great power comes great responsibility, dudes.
Do not fuck this up for me.
P.S. This t-shirt.