I love to swear.

When I was in college and a few of my good friends were Catholic, in the springtime they would always start chatting about what they were going to give up for Lent. The concept was somewhat foreign to me, but I understood the impulse. Forty days is plenty long to get yourself out of a not-so-great habit, and with a motivator like religion you’re maybe slightly less likely to fail. But there was always that one person who wanted to give up cursing. To which I always wanted to say: Why the fuck would you do that?

Sure, if every other word is an f-bomb or another similar four-letter word, you might not sound like the most educated person on the planet. There are lots of things  you could say besides shit, or ass, or motherfucking cocksucker. But sometimes you just gotta let it fly. It places emphasis, or relieves stress, or gets your goddamn point across in a way that “son of a biscuit eater” just doesn’t do as well. The shape of the words in your mouth, the crunch of consonants as you spit them out  or hiss them under your breath—it just feels good. Try making yourself say “Fudge” the next time you stub your toe and tell me the real deal isn’t more satisfying.

Besides, swear words are superbly versatile. Don’t believe me? Just check out the video below.

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