‘Christ fucking shit merde!’

Alison in Wonderland, Observant, Maastricht

You know how in high school there was always someone cooler than you? Unfortunately, in graduate school the tradition lives on: someone, somewhere, will always have a cooler research project than you. The thorn in my side is a London researcher with the alarmingly titled paper ‘“Christ fucking shit merde!” Language preferences for swearing among maximally proficient multilinguals’. Jean-Marc Dewaele studied several hundred bilingual adults and found that, despite their proficiency in their second language, they used their first language significantly more for swearing, and they perceived swearwords in their first language to have a stronger emotional effect. So when it comes to swearing, your mother tongue is your best bet. Shame, really – because the Dutch preference for curses involving animals and infectious diseases is so much more appealing.

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