Why swearing is good for you

    Noah Berlatsky, reporting for Quartz

    ‘Bad words,’ Adams writes, ‘are unexpectedly useful in fostering human relations because they carry risk….We like to get away with things and sometimes we do so with like-minded people.’

    Fuck yeah! 

     

    IDEAS: Are blasphemy, sexuality, and excrement the main themes all over the world?

    MOHR: As far as I know, they’re mostly the same with a little bit of regional variation. In Arab and Spanish-speaking Catholic countries, there’s a lot of stuff about mothers and sisters. But it’s pretty much the same.

    A cool interview with Melissa Mohr, author of Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing, with the Boston Globe. 

    They investigate the origins and disparities of swear words across the globe.