“World-renowned expert in cursing”, Dr. Timothy Jay, Massachusetts College Of Liberal Arts offers:
“Swearing is like using the horn on your car, which can be used to signify a number of emotions …”
(“The utility and ubiquity of taboo words” Perspectives on Psychological Science, April 2009)
Dr. Richard Stephens of Keele University in England concludes
"I would advise people, if they hurt themselves, to swear."
(“Swearing as a response to pain” August 2009 NeuroReport)
Challenging economic times have obviously not affected academic funding for research.
Previously, in caregiving: “Hello! You little brat!” I discussed disinhibition, dysphasia, and dysarthia as factors in MS and speech challenges.
Cursing and swearing is different than language, activating the emotional centers in the right side of the brain, rather than the cerebral communication centers on the left.
While trying to watch “Brüno” at a theatre last night Patti experienced one of her ‘choking-like episodes’. Triggered by a scene Patti found hilarious, obviously too hilarious, communication between her brain and throat muscles went all out of MS whack.
When you factor in all the muscle miscommunication ‘not involved’ in swallowing due to MS related dysphagia and left vs right side who’s in charge here you can get an epic portrayal of choking except that Patti is not actually choking. Calming her, distracting her, ‘rebooting her brain’ are the best ways to resolve these episodes.
Coughing, hacking, and gasping for breath is punctuated with expletives that could turn any theatre into X-rated.
Shortly I found a well intended patron at our side offering to help, exiting into the hallway we were joined by theatre staff.
Patron: “Is she OK?”
Patti: “NO!” (gasp) “I am f@cking choking!” (cough)
Patrick: “Patti you are NOT choking!”
Patti: “Eat sh#t (hack) and die (gasp) muther f#cker!”
Staff: “Should I call an ambulance?”
Patti: “No! (cough) You as*hole. (belch) I need a cigarette.”
At least it is NEVER boring!
Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer
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