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Old 28 December 2013, 01:56 PM
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Default People who swear are more trustworthy

This has been floating around Facebook for the past few days. Can't find a legitimate source. Anybody else?

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Old 29 December 2013, 01:43 PM
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NFBSK yea!!!!!!
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Old 29 December 2013, 04:52 PM
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I seriously doubt you'll find anything collaborating that.

But there are studies that show swearing is more common in certain places than others. People in Ohio swear the most, Washington the least. Are people from Washington less trustworthy than people from Ohio?

Swearing itself is (or has been, at least) a conscious violation of social norms. I wouldn't think that willingness to break the rules in that way would make you avoid breaking them in others. The most I could see would be that swearing might provide an indication of someone's emotional state, that theoretically may be more difficult to discern in people who self-censor.

I don't swear, so I realize I'm biased here.
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Old 29 December 2013, 05:16 PM
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It might simply be an indication that the person swearing considers the concept of swearing to be arbitrary and meaningless. I do, although I don't try to convince others to believe that, and I am mindful of my language when around others who object to swearing and/or in settings where it may be considered inappropriate.
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Old 29 December 2013, 05:17 PM
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It is arbitrary; I think you demonstrate that it isn't meaningless.
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Old 29 December 2013, 05:21 PM
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I recognize that isn't meaningless to others. I assure you, it's entirely meaningless to me. I value consideration for others over the making a point about how I view swear words.
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Old 29 December 2013, 05:26 PM
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I'm a little amused that I'm having this discussion with someone from Ohio.

I think we are using the word "meaningless" in different ways. I actually value having some words set apart as expressing much stronger ideas than others, and I think that chucking that element of language waters things down. As with all language codes, their use signifies different things to different people, but they still signify something. And I suspect that when you hear people using certain words freely, that signifies a host of things to you, just as observing that they avoid certain words might signify other things.
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Old 29 December 2013, 05:30 PM
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Of course I believe that words have meaning.

What I find meaningless is the concept that certain words are inherently "bad."

There are words I would not use, and would object to hearing, but it's not because they belong to an arbitrary category.

ETA: I don't think whether someone swears or not says anything about how trustworthy they are. Or how moral they are, or how large their vocabulary is, or how intelligent they are, etc.
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