21 Nov 2016

The Benefits of Profanity

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:27 pm on 21 November 2016

Victoria University researchers, Emma Wollum has been investigating our use of profanity, how it is changed, and what is says about us.

She says common swearing is made up of a very small number of word forms that are used in some very creative ways and The F word is the most common expletive word.

She also found that swearing is connected to our emotional vocabularies; people who know a lot of swear words tend to also have a better vocabulary overall.

Malcolm Tucker cornering a colleague, in the TV show, The Thick of It

Malcolm Tucker cornering a colleague, in the TV show, The Thick of It Photo: BBC

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