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date: 18 October 2019

Swearing. 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to the English Language
Author(s):
Tom McArthurTom McArthur, Jacqueline Lam-McArthurJacqueline Lam-McArthur, Lise FontaineLise Fontaine

A term that refers to both taking an oath and using language that is regarded as foul, abusive, and profane. When people in a Christian culture swear on the Bible to tell the truth in court, they assume that God will punish anyone who then lies, quite apart from the legal consequences of ‘being forsworn’ (... ...

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