Basic and Applied Memory Research: Practical Applications - Vol. 2

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educated Americans cursing is a fact of everyday life. Problems involving ordinary language may someday force psychologists to offer explanations and recommendations for solutions. Both the practical aspects and the theoretical importance of studying cursing should be clear. By studying cursing and colloquial speech, cognitive psychologists will have more complete models of language and solutions to the language problems mentioned previously. In the effort to increase the validity and applicability of memory research, this research has established the persistence of a cursing lexicon through old age, and it is believed that this persistence is not less important than the persistence of any knowledge that cognitive psychologists have previously studied. The fact that psychologists have found the subject taboo, humorous, odd, lower class, or irrelevant does not solve the practical problems, and this type of exclusive attitude about cursing must change. These descriptive studies are one step toward the goal of building more accurate models of language usage.


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The author would like to thank research assistants from North Adams State College, Department of Psychology, Karla Hull, Rebecca Olson, and Adam Clermont for their data collection, data analysis, and other contributions to the project. I thank Jim May for his comments on this chapter. An earlier version of this chapter was presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Meeting in 1993.


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