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Taboo words’ impact mediated by context, listeners’ likelihood of being offended

Taboo words’ impact mediated by context, listeners’ likelihood of being offended

A new paper by University of Illinois scholars suggests that the physiological and psychological effects of profanity and other taboo words on people who read or hear them may be due largely – but not entirely – to the context and individual audience members’ likelihood of being offended.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017