eli5: Why do we swear when we get shocked or surprised or hurt ourselves suddenly (like stub a toe)?


Is it just that our brains understand that those are the words most handy to quickly express our emotional state of being?

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swears are socially labeled as “strong language”. that label makes us associate these words with heavier emotions.

swears become a release of emotions, mainly stress and pain. its natural to want to express your emotions in some way.

so, yeah, your brain understands that these words are more powerful and emotional, making them an easy way to express your emotional state.