For some reason, there are a few words in our language that just shouldn’t be said in polite company or in front of kids. You can say these words to comedic or antagonistic effect, to protect and offend, and for some people it is even a characteristic trait of theirs. One of our favorite cursing characters is Malcolm Tucker:
So you can swear like a trooper, but do you even know why swearing is thought to be a terrible thing in the first place? Apparently it is related to sex criminals! In court cases from days gone by, it came up that swearing was associated with the people who committed horrible sex offenses, and this is why we consider it bad today.
This comes from Kristin Janschewitz and Timothy Jay, who wrote a report called “The Science of Swearing.” Even though they looked at over 10,000 cases of public swearing, there was not one case where swearing turned into a violent fight or anything harmful. Mostly the swearing was casual banter between friends – jokes and exaggerations made for the pleasure and laughter of those around them. This is why Janschewitz and Jay weren’t too convinced that swearing would link up to being a bad person.
This may be a surprising fact, but it was women who were most associated with public swearing. This could be incidental to the ratio of women to men, not that women are getting more crude as a group.
The other example of swearing was in moments of pain. Although people might think that swearing around children might negatively influence their behavior, there seems to be no proof that swearing itself can do damage to a child’s upbringing.
Swearing can enhance so many different activities, such as social interactions, storytelling, managing stress, and might just take the place of wanting to slap someone through the face. Having friends that swear is awesome for just that reason – they don’t hold back on what they want to say, they just come right out and say it. These friends make the world a better, funnier place to live in. And if there is any downside to this at all, it’s only that other people might cover their ears more often when they’re around. People who drop F-bombs like it’s 1942 are just the best type of people to spend time with. They like to do things on the spot, and they don’t get offended easily.
Friends who know how to swear are great in arguments, as well as finding the best time to add a bit of spice to a joke. Their wit and volume blend together to make a s**t-storm of awesomeness.
If you censor a story you’re basically taking 80% of the fun out of it – okay maybe just 79%. It’s true, though, that swearing really does improve storytelling. You can use it for over-exaggeration or simply sharing too much when you talk about that massive crap you once had.
They’re way less sensitive about things, and they always have a f**k hiding in the wings, ready to release at a moment’s notice.