According to an article in the Telegraph, swearing after hurting yourself can help numb the pain. As a rule, I am not a swearer. We had strict rules in our house, and I don’t know that I ever heard my parents say anything inappropriate. As such, I never did, either. Much.
But there are times, when I’m scared or shocked or anticipating disaster that my mouth engages without the rules.
When I write, I usually try and use the vocabulary that is appropriate for the character. We have ideas in our head about swearing (or at least I do). Higher class, higher education usually swear less. Sometimes a male will use swear words to show dominance or arrogance or toughness. A female might do the same. Swearing as an intimidation tactic.
There are readers who complain about swear words in books or movies. I know I HATE movies with a whole lot of extraneous swearing. What do you think? Does swearing bother you in books? In movies? Or do you consider it authenticity?
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