Swearing: It’s a Cultural Thing

Most languages have a set of words that you really shouldn’t say…unless you intend to cause offence, that is. In English, George Carlin’s famous “Seven Dirty Words” skit comes to mind. When communicating across cultures, you might think that it would be easy enough to keep it clean- just don’t use the equivalents of those “dirty words,” right?

You would be wrong. Different cultures have different values and taboos, and that means they swear differently, too. Read more