People in Japan learning how to swear in English


Because my Google-foo isn’t good enough, what are the prevailing theories as to why Japanese appears to be a language devoid of swearing in the Western sense? Japanese does have “swear words” but they are more like “oaths” in English, and nothing that could produce the social repercussions of saying the f-word in the company of your grandmother, or small children for instance. Usually it’s just the manner of saying the word than the word itself. I’d be interested to know how this came about.

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