The BBC commissioned an article from me on why different languages focus on different things in their strong language. It’s just gone live. They paid me for it, so I can’t just repost it here. But I can give you the link to it, and I can tell you about a few things that got cut in the edit (for length or for politeness).
Here’s the link to the article:
Mind your language! Swearing around the world
Here are three original versions from the pre-edited draft: Continue reading