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So when you really , really where you wearing from K you we are news until like city this is radio last and out for breezy how people feel strongly about curse words some love to use them if you like to just the right way of expressing frustration or triumph , some hate them in some cases for moral reasons they’re profane and the dirty. Some people think that those who swear have a weak vocabulary and they just lack creativity to find a better word but wherever you are , on the question of swear words . You’ve got to admit powerful Benjamin Bergen says just saying them are hearing them has a physical effect on people . Bergen is a cognitive scientist he studies swear words and he’s written a book called what the f . He’ll join us today to talk about what studying profanity teaches us about where language gets its power to shape our minds and the world don’t worry we’ve leaked the swear so you can join us after the news .
Live from NPR News. In Washington , I’m Rahm Russia has begun expelling diplomats from countries that sent home Russians to protest the poisoning of a former Russian intelligence officer on British soil NPR’s Lucy and Kim reports this comes a day after Russia expelled 60 US diplomats .
Russia‘s foreign ministry says it has summoned the ambassadors of the countries that took part in an unprecedented and coordinated action to show solidarity with London on Monday. More than 20 countries joined the US and expelling Russian diplomats after Britain determine Moscow was responsible for a nerve agent attack on former Russian double agent Sergei scribble on his daughter . Those countries include some of America’s closest allies , Canada , France , Germany , Poland and Australia . Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the US of using colossal blackmail to pressure friendly countries to join in the mass diplomatic expulsions . The Kremlin has denied any involvement in this group are poisoning it says accusations are part of an anti-Russian campaign Lucien Kim , NPR News . Moscow .
The Pentagon says there was a roadside bombing in Syria last night. 2 members of the coalition fighting in Syria were killed , including a US Green Beret an American was also among the 5 wounded an immigration judge in Boston has ordered the deportation of a man wanted in connection with war crimes in Guatemala from member station WBUR Simone Simone Rios report .
Summer you has been in custody since October. Now , a judge has ordered him to be deported . Authorities in Guatemala say they’re waiting to arrest some Iowa for involvement in dozens of murders , rapes and kidnappings during the war , the deportation order was a cause for celebration for other he hadn’t been to the leader of the local Mayan community so only compared with what I’ve been through this is he’s happy because he did not expect this ruling some you admits he led a paramilitary unit during the war but denies carrying out any killings . He has 30 days to appeal his deportation for NPR News , I’m Simone Rios in Boston .
A federal jury in Orlando , Florida this morning found nor Salman not guilty , she is the widow of the shooter who attacked the Pulse nightclub nearly 2 years ago , killing 49 people , the jury rejected the prosecutors’ argument that he helped him she helped plan the attack and lied to authorities several residents in Santa Barbara County who lost loved ones in January’s devastating mudslides have filed wrongful death suits against look Southern California Edison Pena Carson reports they blame the company for the Thomas flyer which left area susceptible to flooding.
The lawsuits , claim to of Edison’s transformers caught fire or exploded and ignited nearby brush causing the wildfire the plaintiffs’ lawyers say they don’t have to prove Edison was negligent in maintaining its equipment attorney Joseph Lieberman says quote. We simply have to tie causally the electricity the fire and the debris flow .
Danielle Carson this is NPR News. The attorney representing the family of Stephane Clark is expected to release the results of an independent autopsy today Clark was the 22-year-old unarmed black man shot to death in his grandparents’ backyard in Sacramento earlier this month . Police say officers fired at him 20 times because they thought he had a gun . It was later found Clark was holding a cell phone . A 36-year-old accountant was the unlikely hero of a National Hockey League game in Chicago last night . NPR’s John Stanton says the man was taken from a recreational game up the street and asked to play after the Blackhawks regular goalies went down with injuries .
Scott Foster played some hockey and college over 10 years ago and then the Blackhawks asked him to play the final 14 minutes of last night’s game. The initial shock have .
Thank you. Just kind of blackout after that and what a game he played . Foster shut down one of the hottest teams in hockey , the Winnipeg Jets stopping all 7-7 shots in a 6-2 win . Although Foster’s coach wasn’t expecting much as he joked when just laughing as you getting on the ice . I think I would too . Nor were his teammates . I don’t think I heard anything other then put your helmet on . I don’t know I’m standing here Foster returns to his day job this morning Johnston , NPR News .
In the NCAA women’s basketball championship is down to the final 4 tonight Mississippi State plays Louisville and UConn vs Notre Dame. The men’s semi-finals are tomorrow night Villanova vs Kansas and Loyola Chicago against Michigan I’m Rahm , NPR News in Washington .
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This is really a Western-backed for breezy out. So first thing a disclaimer or a quick note to reassure some of you we’ve bleeped out the curse words in the show today , and there were a lot of them . That’s what the show is about these words . That is how swear words work where they come from . What makes a swear word a swear word . You know the effect they have on us so we bleeped out these taboo words because we have to , but also because some of the words are rough and not just the F-word or the C-word , but the N-word . That’s a tough one to say out loud and let’s also acknowledge bleeping the words can only do so much . So if you really sensitive to this kind of thing , or if you’re with your kids , you may want to skip this show altogether . Benjamin Bergen is our guest throughout the hour today . He’s written a book called what the f Bergen is a cognitive scientist he’s a professor at the University of California San Diego and he studies language . It turns out curse words taboo words were the perfect vehicle to explore the mechanics of language and how language is processed in our brains . First thing I asked was . Does he curse .
I do in my normal life. Not as much when I’m lecturing and kick had and have you always cursed . I mean I suppose my first word wasn’t a curse word yet but no early in childhood . I have lived in their household like many households where swearing was not permitted and so I learned lessons early on that this was not an appropriate activity and I think that’s probably where I learned that this was a really fun thing to do and something that I wanted to explore in my , in my own time .
You you you say it. In some ways you describe it . At one point in the book that the book is in some way a kind of a love letter to profanity . You say you have this special affection for profanity describe that explain that .
Well language can do lots of different things and usually when we think about language as a cognitive device. We consider the rational explanation of ideas and communication of thought through time and space that it affords us and not other animals . And that’s really cool but profanity does something slightly different it it acts as a signal to other members of the species that says I’m experiencing a strong emotional state right now , or I want you to feel something right now whether I want you to laugh or I want you to , like me , I want you to think I’m powerful and other language just doesn’t have the capacity to do that and so I find I think profanity really fascinating as an objective study because for the most part , we just don’t understand the nuances of exactly how it does all of those magical things that it can do .
I mean you can’t write a book , like this , and not just come right out and spell out the words and you can’t really have a an interview about this subject without coming right out and saying the word. So we’ve decided to record this program beforehand and and bleat the words , rather than just kind of dance around them and you have something to say about the effectiveness of bleeping words . By the way , which will come back to a little bit later , but so what is this respectable Professor talk about how you approach to subject like this where you are incredibly candid and straightforward . I mean you must’ve approach this with a little bit of trepidation I mean people have been fired for using these words and lectures .
That’s right. Well , there are certain words that even someone like me who you know , has a , as you said a soft spot in his heart for for swearing . There are certain words that I just don’t like to say slurs in particular ethnic slurs racial slurs sexist homophobic slurs those don’t feel really good to me . On the other hand , I guess I feel .