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Profanity (with Benjamin K. Bergen)

Taboo Science

Science & Medicine

What makes a word profane? Why are my swear words different from my parents'? If swearing is so bad, why do we do it? And what can a culture's swear words tell us about the things they hold taboo?

Today's guest is Dr. Benjamin K. Bergen, professor of cognitive science at UC San Diego and author of the book https://www.amazon.com/What-Swearing-Reveals-Language-Ourselves/dp/0465060919" target="_blank" rel="noopener">"What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves."

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