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in law: see oathoath,
vocal affirmation of the truth of one's statements, generally made by appealing to a deity. From the earliest days of human history, calling upon the gods of a community to witness the truth of a statement or the solemnity of a promise has been commonly practiced.
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Swearing is, after all, one of humanity's more fascinating habits.
Those policemen who continue to defy him should be subjected to 25 minutes of the President's vilest swearing.
People do it in courts every day, swearing before giving testimony.
Rather than being the sign of someone with a limited vocabulary, the study - published in the Language Science journal back in November 2015 - found that swearing proficiency was a sign of rhetorical strength.
ADRIAN HOGG welcomes the move: DON'T get me wrong, there are times when swearing in a pub is perfectly understandable.
We may have been taught to keep swearing to a minimum, as it's seen as rude and vulgar, new research suggests that in certain situations, swearing may be advantageous.
Swearing may help a cyclist struggling up hill to summon up extra pedal power, new research suggests.
The study followed up earlier work that showed how swearing increases pain tolerance, helping explain the common reaction to hitting one's thumb with a hammer.
MUSCLE strength and stamina can be boosted by swearing, a study has found.
SWEARING is good for you, boffins at a Midland university have discovered.
SWEARING can give your muscle strength and stamina a boost, psychologists claim.
Don't get me wrong, I don't denounce swearing at all.