Is that so?
reblogging because I fucking want it to be goddamned true
Most of the time, it is true, because swear words are stored in the ‘emotions area’ of the brain, rather than the linguistics area.
SO MARTIN FREEMAN IS JESUS
Well fuck me
Just to add with this with a bit of science, I went to a lecture on swearing once, and we were provided with a diagram of the brain. Swear words are, indeed, stored in the limbic system (the parts of the brain that deal with emotion). That’s why when we experience a shock, be it touching something hot or being given a surprise gift or having to suddenly swerve, we tend to swear on reflex. Just as an animal might mewl, we swear, because it’s the best audible sign of shock our body can produce, and the one most likely to make our emotions evident to other people, and hence receive help if we need it.
also science: people with brain injuries that affect their language (e.g. aphasia) can usually retain swearing better than other language tools because it’s stored in a different area. It can even be one of the first language functions recovered post-injury