Swearing: Lost in Translation

Swear words are stored in a different part of our brains to the rest of our vocabulary and tap directly into our strongest emotions. Foreign swear words, on the other hand, are kind of just words.

For proof, just search in the Google news tab for “shitstorm”: almost every entry is from a non-English news outlet – because what even is a vulgarism? I’m looking at you, Germany and Denmark.

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