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    Quote Originally Posted by Alwar View Post
    I think Steven Pinker wrote extensively about cursing in his latest book on language, but I haven't read it yet.
    Really? I will check that out.
    Thanks for the heads up on the barbaric literature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alwar View Post
    I think Steven Pinker wrote extensively about cursing in his latest book on language, but I haven't read it yet.
    Wasn't he a Columbian drug dealer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    I've heard that when people curse genuinely (like dropping a bowling ball on their toes) they always go back to their native language/dialect. Is this true?

    Does cursing serve a specific psychological purpose? Does it do any good to suppress cursing? Does cursing too much defeat this purpose?

    Discuss.

    Wonderful! thanks for the info that you guys have been discussing. Awesome!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    I've heard that when people curse genuinely (like dropping a bowling ball on their toes) they always go back to their native language/dialect. Is this true?

    Does cursing serve a specific psychological purpose? Does it do any good to suppress cursing? Does cursing too much defeat this purpose?

    Discuss.
    I think that it may be true for those who have a clear native language. I'm curious how it works for bilingual speakers? Because I was raised bilingually, speaking Swenglish litterally, yet I still curse in English.

    To me, surpressing cursing feels like surpressing anger - it just blows out of proportion later instead. Therefore I find it better to curse, if not to whome I'm mad at, at least out in the open to get it out of me

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Liquid_Laser View Post
    Cursing is a verbal form of aggression. When we're stressed we can relieve some of that stress by cursing. It's probably more constructive to curse than to hit something.
    And doing both is even more satisfying!
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    Fuck, I hate cursing.
    "A spill at the plant increased the phosphates in the lake and produced a scum of algae so thick that the swamp smell filled the air, infiltrating the genteel mansions. Debutantes cried over the misfortune of coming out in a season everyone would remember for its bad smell."

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    In some books, the characterization of the main characters is deep enough to give the reader a glimpse of what it is like to be that type.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kra View Post
    On topic: If I'm in the company of friends that I know don't take offense to cursing, I'll curse if I'm laughing, surprised, energetic, calm, etc. It's not limited to negativity.

    It's really just a modifier of quantitative statements, ie:

    "Dude, I'm really fuckin' happy today!"

    "Dude, I just bought a shit-ton of cool shit from the store!"

    "These Blazin Buffalo Doritos are damn good!"

    ...Alright, now I'm just having fun. See what I mean? Totally positive.
    Yep, me too.

    Actually, for me, cursing can be a sign of closeness. I hardly ever, if at all, swear around people I don't know well. Only around family and close friends. You'll know you're "in" with me when I start dropping f-bombs. I just feel like I have to be nice and polite around everyone else.

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    Swearing still feels fucking good whatever the fucking language.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    Does cursing serve a specific psychological purpose? Does it do any good to suppress cursing? Does cursing too much defeat this purpose?
    Yes, to all three questions. Cursing is supposed to be used to convey a unique meaning in an exaggerated way. Basically, the person who is swearing demands to be heard and taken seriously, even if joking. There are other ways to do this but cursing is just one easy way. When a person curses too much people become desensitized to that. If we all cursed a lot and became desensitized, we'd just keep creating new curse words in order to get the same desired effect.

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