Ryan McKay and Shiri Lev-Ari

Ryan McKay is professor of Psychology at Royal Holloway University of London. Shiri Lev-Ari is a lecturer in Psychology at Royal Holloway University of London.

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Why Do Swear Words Sound the Way They Do?

The authors explored whether there are universal sound patterns in profanity. So we designed a series of studies involving speakers of different languages and found surprising patterns in how swear words sound across the world.

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