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That is something that puzzles me.
Almost any language swears with sex, the same Happens with my Portuguese.
But some have it with religions, which I find puzzling, as we do not have it.
In Spanish, "Cuerpo de Dios" - The body of Christ is used to swear as well in German the word "Crucifix".
This is interesting.
I've sort of known this about other societies using having different "swear words" and how some of them don't even make sense and often times they cannot even be translated in any clear way.
As a Literature Teacher, my theory goes that the swear words have no meaning at all. The Portuguese ones, dont make sense, you cannot do (it is impossible!) what they order you to do).
We have that in the US too - especially some of the more common sex ones...:shrug:
When I was working, I would often marvel at how silly these things sounded and how mortified these people would be if they really stopped to think about what they were saying.
My opinion is that they are a means to let off steam, nothing else. If one of my students swears, before I would make a big fuss of it, now I calmly explain the situations and he rapidly understands. In future, as it is ingrained on them, they may swear again but they'll ask for excuses...
This is good. It's best, if you can, get them to recognize this early. :thumbsup: