Expression in Expletives – Are They Useful?

Mark Twain wrote, “There ought to be a room in every house to swear in,” because “it is dangerous to have to repress an emotion like that.” We learn early in life that profanity is to strong feelings what blaring horns are to a tornado– the body becomes conditioned to physically respond to it. “Your pores open and you start sweating. Your heart rate increases. Your pupils dilate,” says Benjamin Bergen, who teaches classes about profanity at the University of California, San Diego.