Steven Pinker explains the neuroscience of swearing

Why do people get so upset about hearing certain words?

In this two-part talk (transcript), Steven Pinker explains one of his books: The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature. While the mixture of psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and linguists is not safe for work, it's certainly worth watching.

Still curious? Read the book.

(via openculture)