One of my former work colleagues posed the question “If you do swear, why do you swear?” My answers included:

  • Explicitly for impact
  • Explicitly for special effects
  • Implied to see if students are paying attention
  • Express empathy
  • Spontaneous response to an unexpected event, news, statement etc

Of course, sit back for a few minutes in any classroom or student area and you will hear plenty of swearing… (commonly referred to as playground language). Not that I am promoting swearing in the classroom but it is not like you could shock students if you did swear…

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