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1 Why do we curse?

2 Psychology and Cursing We curse when excited We curse to emphasize a point that we’re trying to make We curse to bring clarity to a point that we’re trying to make As such…we often curse when we’re angry

3 Sociology and Cursing Hidden structure shapes our actions in ways we cannot see How prevalent is cursing? Do we see cursing in all cultures

4 Sociology and Cursing Test subjects were seated in neighboring computers watching a humorous skit. When they could see one another’s heads and shoulders they were more likely to laugh at the same rate as their “partner” than when they could not see one another. In other words, “I can see your emotions— I feel better about my own”

5 CURSING THROUGH THE AGES How things change with time…

6 Curse words – 1300’s Strumpet = A prostitute Sodomite = Homosexual man Gog = God

7 Curse words – 1400’s Wretch = An exile Rascal = The rabble of an army Scullion = Servant of lowest class

8 Curse words – 1500’s Slangrill = Oaf Brock = Rotten man Punk = A prostitute Jove = God

9 Curse words – 1600’s Zounds = God’s wounds Criminy = Christ Gadzooks = God’s hooks Sfoot = To have sex

10 Curse words – 1700’s Gosh = God Deuce = Devil Molly = Homosexual Heck = Hell

11 Curse words – 1800’s Jiminy Crickets = Jesus Drat = God rot Shucks = Darn Gee whillikins = Jesus

12 Curse words – 1900’s Zerk = Jerk Zib = Fool Meddle = To have sex Stem siren = Prostitute

13 Cursing against G-d Every culture has curses against “god” or the creator. Why would people curse the creator? What kind of hidden structure would lead human beings to make such a curse throughout time and space?

14 Please, not so fast.


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