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Studying swearing in Swedish

Published fredag 25 april 2014 kl 11.53
"It's easier to use swear words in a second language"
(10 min)
Professer Kristy Beers Fägersten
Kristy Beers Fägersten, a linguistics professor at Södertörn University. Photo: Frank Radosevich/Radio Sweden.

Our Friday guest this week talks about foul language, specifically English swear words appearing in the Swedish language. 

Kristy Beers Fägersten is a linguistics professor at Stockholm's Södertörn University. She's examined the growing phenomenon of English curse words popping up in Sweden by studying Swedish comic strips.

Beers Fägersten explains why swearing is easier in a second language and how a few four-letter English words first entered the Swedish lexicon. She adds that the new forms of cussing shouldn't affect Swedish obscenities.

"I think that the adoption and appropriation of English swear words is having the affect that Swedish swear words are retaining their value," she says.

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