"Why we curse" Psychology Spring Colloquium

Professor Timothy Jay spoke to an audience of well over 100 students and faculty on Monday,

April 19th on the topic of “Why we curse.” Professor Jay is an expert on psycholinguistics

from the Massachusetts college of Liberal Arts. He described some of the many applications

of his unusual specialty area to legal questions of censorship, hate speech, and fighting

words. Sprinkled with humorous and thought-provoking examples, Professor Jay’s colloquium

served as an excellent example of how psychology can contribute to our understanding of the

relationship between language and emotion.