An explicative can do way more than just add spice to your sentence, it can improve your life. Emma Byrne argues in her new book that swearing is a social good and we should be happy about it. In the book, Swearing Is Good For You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language, she shows the benefits of a little foul language while adventuring through life.
What’s really neat is that chimpanzees also swear and use the word for dirty in “creative” ways.
Children follow a similar pattern.
Soon after they are toilet trained, their more outwardly violent behaviour, such as hitting or throwing massive temper tantrums, will often start to diminish, replaced by potty language, Byrne explains.
“That switch to something that is linguistically powerful rather than physically harmful is a huge advantage to us as a society.”