Swears are words that are considered rude or offensive. Like most other words, they are arbitrary symbols that index meaning: there is nothing inherently wrong with the letters that spell a swear word, but strung together they conjure strong meaning. This reminds us that language has power. This is true in mathematics classrooms too, where language practices structure the way participants understand mathematics and where teachers and students can use language powerfully to shape their own mathematical experience and the experiences of others.
"IF MATHEMATICS IS A LANGUAGE, HOW DO YOU SWEAR IN IT?,"
The Mathematics Enthusiast: Vol. 6
, Article 11.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umt.edu/tme/vol6/iss3/11