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Swears Or Slurs — Which Offends Us More?

More than 40 years ago, comedian George Carlin made waves with a bit in which he read aloud, as he called them, the “seven dirty words” you can’t say on television.

Several of those words are still on the do-not-say list. Yet, the fact that not all of them are is significant, according to Ben Bergen, professor of cognitive science at University of California San Diego.

Bergen has written about how young adults are more offended by slurs than swears.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.