This was another good chapter. You know, had Pinker reordered the chapters, with the most dense chapters coming last, more people would have read a significant portion of the book.
I was impressed with how deftly Pinker discuss profanity without being excessively profane. It was a well written.
A few ideas stood out. As society has become less religious, curse words have switched from religious concepts to sex & filth. Swearing is connected to a deeper, more primitive, part of the brain than ordinary conversation.
Plus, there was a delightful discussion of one significant word.
As Pinker explains, the transitive variations of that word are all rather nasty, while the intransitive versions, such as make love
, are much more kind.