This piece from the New Republic analyses why we resort to bad language, and what happens when bad words are deprived of their power.
As I think Michael Flanders once remarked, I am very much against the everyday use of swear words. If we use them too much, we have nothing left for special occasions. He was the lyricist of that archetypal song of the sixties "Pee, Po, Belly, Bum, Drawers"
I don't particularly mind the swearing but I know my mother, who was an English teacher, would say, "You're using the same word too often."Margueritte Patten
And the CBC now reports that swearing at work can actually be good for you!