Genderless emotion with nationality?

'So what happened to us good Indians, who judged obscenities as moral slips of the tongue? When Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker’s book The Stuff of Thought argued that swearing was an emotional trigger for the brain and often used to arouse equally negative responses in others, we nodded reluctantly. But when Messrs Vishal Bhardwaj and Anurag Kashyap, professors-in-vogue of profane linguistics, peppered their scripts in Ishqiya, Omkara, Dev D and Gulaal with fiery obscenities rolling off the tongues of even their female characters, Pinker started making sense. Emotion has no gender, but it has a nationality. The answer also lies in a dialogue in Karan Johar’s My Name is Khan, when two young TV interns find themselves jostled in a crowd impatient to see the American president. The boy curses in Hindi, and the girl smiles and comments, “Hindustani gaali ke jaisi koi gaali nahin hoti! (There is nothing like swearing in Hindustani).” Say ‘fuck’ and you’ll feel brighter, stronger, faster. But say it in Hindi, or in your mother tongue and you will fly. That’s catharsis!'

- Shefalee Vasudev, 'The Blue Thesaurus'.


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