The First Swear
Apparently around 0.3 to 0.7 percent of the words we utter daily are swear words. That alone makes our kids pick up swearing really early in their life. Several studies have shown that kids start swearing as early as two. This means kids learn to swear at the same time they learn to use other words.
Brain Function And Tourette’s
As you must already know, the people suffering from Tourette’s are known to blurt out swear words occasionally. The question is – why? Why do they swear instead of yelling the types of fruit? Scientists are yet to determine the real reason, but it all points to swear words being stored in a special part of the brain and when people have a seizure, their brain automatically reaches into that area of the brain for appropriate words.
Swearing As A Diagnostic Tool
Alzheimer’s and a condition called frontotemporal dementia are so similar there was no way to distinguish them until a few years back when scientists started using a swearing approach. Swearing became a diagnostic tool for doctors and helped the doctors to figure out that people who suffer from Alzheimer’s will almost never drop the F bomb, while people who suffer from frontotemporal dementia will be much more likely to swear during their interviews with doctors.
The Most Unfortunately Named Defendant
Ever wondered how it came to be that we use the F-bomb as the ultimate swear word? It’s all thanks to the guy called Roger Fuckebythenavele who lived in the 15th century. Apparently when people referred to Roger they shortened his last name and that’s how the F-word was born.