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Why Kids Swear


    Many believe that swearing is a replacement for crying. As we get older we substitute crying for swearing, others use both as kids draw attention to themselves. Researchers believe that swearing is a perfect way to release stress and pain. Here are the main reasons kids and adults swear.

    • Establish a group identity
    • Establish membership in a group and maintain the group’s boundaries
    • Express solidarity with other people
    • Express trust and intimacy (mostly when women swear in the presence of other women)
    • Add humor, emphasis, or “shock value”
    • Attempt to camouflage a person’s fear or insecurity