Linguistic Anthropology

Are there different kinds of swearwords?
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  1. Most swearwords tend to fall into one of two categories. Swearwords are usually either related to religion (deistic) or they describe the human body and its biological operations (visceral). There are swearwords that also refer to a person's parentage or heritage. Linguists have differing opinions about racial slurs and epithets. Some consider them to be swearwords, while other linguists classify them as a different category of speech. Swearwords are also often ranked according to an implicit hierarchy, in which some words are considered only slightly improper, while others are considered unbearably vulgar.

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