Why we curse / swear / cuss

October 13, 2010

In my experience cursing is a way of letting someone know that you consider them an equal, and that you don’t feel the need to be on your guard in their presence. It’s an extra layer of communication that goes way beyond the words used.

If you come from a culture in which cursing is rare or frowned upon then being around potty-mouthed people takes a bit of getting used to, but please don’t be offended. If someone curses in your presence, what they are actually doing is letting you know they are comfortable with you.

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