Some languagescultures have been reported to not have

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Some languages/cultures have been reported to not have any equivalent to profanity In Japan, there’s no class of words deemed intrinsically offensive. Baka ‘fool’ or chinchin ‘wee-wee’ are about as bad as words get
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W HY Y OU D ON T K NOW D ICK
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W HY Y OU D ON T K NOW D ICK
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I NCREASED H EART R ATE
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W HAT MAKES PROFANITY A cultural belief that some words are bad (in some contexts). That belief applied to specific words. That are likely to be drawn from certain semanNc fields That may paoern together in sound Cultural structures for reinforcing those norms (punishment, censorship, etc.)
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S PEECH ERRORS Speech is peppered with errors Errors may reflect otherwise unstated and repressed thought (Freud, 1901) If these repressed thoughts are more likely to be about taboo topics than not, then speech errors should be more likely to result in taboo language than not.
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M EAN S PEECH E RRORS P ER P ARTICIPANT Motley et al., 1981; 1982
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E RROR -F REE T ABOO -E LICITING ( HIT SHED ) M INUS N EUTRAL P AIRS ( HIT SAID ) Severens et al., 2012 Right inferior frontal gyrus (implicated in inhibitory control)
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P ICTURE -W ORD I NTERFERENCE
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P ICTURE -W ORD I NTERFERENCE
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P ICTURE -W ORD I NTERFERENCE 760 770 780 790 800 810 820 830 840 850 860 NamingNme(msec) Distractor word type Taboo Neutral Dhooge & Hartsuiker, 2011
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L ANGUAGE C ENTERS OF THE B RAIN
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J ACQUES L ORDAT “the most forceful oath of the tongue, which begins with an ‘f’ and which our DicNonaries have never dared to print” Lordat, 1843
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  • Spring '08
  • LEWIS
  • Profanity, Jacques Lordat, Toureoe Syndrome, situaNons, awer

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