Saturday, September 18

Swear words: that frowned upon emotional language … that could show intelligence

We have been hearing all our lives that using curse words “is ugly”, that it is “rude”, that it is “linguistic poverty”. We hear it so much that it might seem like an untouchable truth.

But those unfortunate voices come from the judgments and prejudices of morality, because there is no scale in the world that can weigh the rudeness of fuck. In any case, you can balance, depending on how it is said (the intonation, the context …), depending on the time (50 years ago it was a shiver and today it is one of the softest tacos) and depending on the place (Parliament is not the same as the bar counter).

Although, wait!

Before going any further, we are going to define what we are talking about: swearing and just swearing. This is not about insults or hate speech (that’s another matter). Associating curse words with aggressiveness is to be left with a single peak of the octagon. Tacos are used for many other things: they enhance humor, they scare the body, like here:

They show surprise (“Shit, look what a bug!”), They attract attention (“What the hell is that?”) And hurry (“I said come, damn it!”). They also express joy (“Damn, that’s my lottery number!”), Excitement (“Come on, fuck, you got it!”), Admiration (“Look Bolt, how the son of a bitch runs!”) And Even affection and compadreo (“Miguel, you bastard, how good to see you!”).

And now, with this clarification, let’s continue palante!

The tacos are small linguistic scares that refer to the taboos of the time, and it is impossible to measure the exact fright they cause because there is no standard: it depends on the sensitivity of each person. There are those who are shocked when they hear one and those who drop them in a submachine gun: # * @ $ ¥ ₩ | ° {%!

But scientists do not listen to morals and look at them differently. Timothy jay, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, says that swearing has been with us for millennia and that means they are necessary and essential. If they were useless, they would have already disappeared.

He also says that if we do not investigate this aspect of language, we are missing an important part of human nature. He has studied swearing for more than 40 years and has come to the conclusion that they are emotional language. It’s more! Wearing them can be a sign of intelligence and creativity.

It is easy to associate these words with the emotional because they give us a little shock. It is as if they all have a little cricket inside and some exclamation points in front and behind. They don’t pass by as one chair or a hair comb. The tacos are loaded with joys, anger … and many times they are a way of showing your teeth.

For this reason, more than “ugly” or “vulgar”, I think they tire. Listening to a swear word is tiring because it keeps you on your toes all the time. Every swear word is a wake-up call. The taco is a more prominent word in the sentence; It’s like an advertisement on the radio (suddenly the volume goes up a little bit). Being talked to all the time with emphasis or anger or emotion or fright or determination of swearing is exhausting because it is alarm language.

Psychologist Timothy Jay says that swearing is very effective because it expresses our feelings immediately. Few words are so effective (“Don’t touch me, fuck!”). And he claims that they are the most physical and expressive form of speech. For this reason, many times, before telling someone to control their vocabulary, you would have to ask them why they are so upset or so angry or spy. Emotion would have to be mastered first and then the reflection would be seen in their language.

But what’s most striking about Jay’s studies is that it turns the popular belief that swearing words are more uneducated and less intelligent upside down. The emeritus professor in psychology thinks otherwise: swearing could be a sign of verbal superiority and intelligence.

The author of Why We Curse this is not taken out of the sleeve. He affirms this after doing a study with more than 10,000 people and adding other research from Neurology, Sociology and Psychology. Jay makes this connection: people who are proficient in foul vocabulary are good at language, and people who are proficient in language well are smart.

Additionally, Jay considers swearing a very sophisticated social tool. Therefore, mastering them, knowing when and where to say them, could also be a sign of social intelligence. He compares it to the wardrobe and the etiquette: one has to know when to put on the slippers and when to take off the sequins.

He also says that they can show ingenuity. The tacos seem to have more to do with the right hemisphere of the brain (the part that is associated with creativity). Journalist and neuroscience expert Emma Byrne tells in her book Swearing is Good for You that people who have suffered a heart attack and it has affected their right side tend to lose emotionality, it is more difficult for them to make jokes and understand them, and they tend to stop swearing even if they used to say them piecemeal.

They may even have medicinal effects. The studs are attributed a certain anesthetic power. Several studies have shown that it is easier to bear pain if a curse is shouted at the same time. Well that was verified by the brave one who, in one of these experiments, put his hand in ice water to see how much it held while saying “fuck, fuck, fuck“(fuck) and how much while saying “table, table, table“(desk). The double! He held out twice as long screaming fuck!

For having, there are even studies that affirm that those who swear are more honest. Even that it is good to say them to release anger and not end with slaps.

But the thing that calls into question the idea that swearing is the garbage of language the most is something Byrne said in an interview on The Guardn: “I don’t think we would have become the primates that rule the world if we hadn’t learned to swear.”

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