Sunday, October 14, 2007

The psycholinguistics of swearing

A fun Pinker article on swearing.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Mad Latinist said...

An interesting article. Cf. this.

5:25 AM, October 18, 2007  
Blogger Zachary Drake said...

Interesting article. Here's a quote:

...researchers today said letting workers swear at will in the workplace can benefit employees and employers. The study found regular use of profanity to express and reinforce solidarity among staff, enabling them to express their feelings, such as frustration, and develop social relationships, according to researchers at the University of East Anglia (UES). Researchers said their aim was to challenge leadership styles and suggest ideas for best practice. "Employees use swearing on a continuous basis, but not necessarily in a negative, abusive manner. Swearing was as a social phenomenon to reflect solidarity and enhance group cohesiveness, or as a psychological phenomenon to release stress, " the study stated."

When I start my next new job I'll be sure to fuckin' bond with my new goddamn co-workers. Shit.

8:42 PM, October 24, 2007  

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