Curse Words can be Beneficial for your Pain...I Swear!

Swear away your pains...

Swearing and cursing are something most of us don't do on a daily basis, but there are times when you gotta do, what you gotta do.

I don't know about you, but I think that curse words can make one appear unattractive and uneducated. So there are times that I might appear to be ugly and dumb. But, I'm good with that since I do think that swear words help ease the sudden pain that I might experience.

I'm not perfect and when I get fired up I have a tendency to curse, but I usually regret it afterwards. Well, most of the time. OK, I don't really regret it, unless kids hear me. At that time I have some explaining to do, which I'd rather not have to do.

I'm sure we all needed our mouths washed out with soap at one time or another. Haven't you?

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A recent British research shows that by vocalizing curse words when injured they can actually help us endure the pain better.

The study consisted of a group of people who were asked to stick their hands in ice cold water for an extended period of time.

The members of the group who repeated swear words had a higher heart rate and lasted longer than the ones who used neutral words. In addition cursing can benefit your health...higher heart rate = cardiovascular workout = calorie burn = good for your health.

Think about the last time you hurt yourself? Imagine yourself saying "Oh fudge, I think I twisted my ankle" .... do you really think that would help you deal with the agonizing pain?

Now imagine that scenario again and picture yourself saying "#$%& it, this #$^& hurts" .... a bit less stressful, wasn't it?

Granted people within earshot of you might be thrown off guard and offended, but heck they aren't the ones in pain so they can deal with it.

Take into account it also depends on what type of person you are. If you're an expressive person then you will be able to deal with pain more than someone who is less passive.

Regardless, pain hurts and the sooner it diminishes...the better.

Disclaimer: This article does not endorse swearing or cursing.

There are people who hold back and those who let loose. Depending on your personality is how you will react to pain. If you are normally very verbal, but keep quiet during a painful incident that could make the experience much more painful for you.

There are better ways to relieve pain such as applying a compress, ice or heat but it's the initial onset of pain that makes most of us want to go "#$&@" and "&%$#"!

For instance, you are slicing a bagel and cut your finger, and as you watch the blood seep out of your injury would saying, "Goodness gracious, I think I might need stitches" make you feel less distress?

Or would an alternative saying such as "WTF, I need stitches now because this $%^# is never going to stop @#$% bleeding, make you feel less anxious?

There are all different ways that we can react to pain and trauma. We are all unique in that way.

Some of us are more creative than others. It's a fact that fear and anxiety don't cause the pain, but they can magnify the perception of the injury.

So the next time you get injured and you want to feel less excruciating pain remember that swearing does help with the hurts. Just be sure there is nobody who will be offended in hearing distance.

Don't feel guilty about expressing your agony, we need to do what we need to do sometimes.

Now as you go forward and encounter your bumps and bruises along the way, may you think of this article and may it bring you some #$&*@ relief.

I am NOT the type of

person you should put

on speaker phone. Ever!

Other methods to relieve pain...

If you are a perfect person who prefers not to use swear words, there is hope for you!

There are many other ways to relieve pain without having to succumb to foul language.

A suggested list of quick remedies are:

  • Applying ice to a swollen area or a hot pack to a pulled muscle...this is matter of preference. What treatments work for some, might not work for others.
  • Take short breaths. Quickly breathing in and out, but not so much that you hyperventilate.
  • Grab onto an object nearest to you...and squeeze, hard! Make sure the object is sturdy so that you don't lose balance and cause another injury.
  • A shot or two of whiskey could possibly help dull your aches. If not, try another shot.
  • Clench your teeth and recite the alphabet, quickly. Or you could count, quickly, until the pain subsides.
  • Try not to focus on the pain. Easier said than done. But, if you try to shift your thoughts to the positive side, such as, at least you are still alive to share this traumatic memory...just maybe, your pain will feel less intrusive. Hopefully.
  • Take two aspirin and call the doctor in the morning.

Why you should swear more...

Do swear words help you deal with pain better?

See results without voting

© 2011 Linda Bilyeu

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carissa 5 years ago

Very True!!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

You would know that :)


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Dave Ligler 5 years ago

Very #@$%&ST True !! Great hub that kept me laughung !


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myi4u 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Yeah... sometimes, i just don't understand why people curse so much. Even in movies, they curse and curse. Well, I do curse but only when I am alone. Just like what you have written, if in pain, cursing actually makes one feels a lot better.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

I agree myi4u...too much cursing an be just plain ugly. If it makes you feel better than go for it! Thanks for your comment!


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WriterDJ 5 years ago

Cursing in front of unknown people would be impolite. I saw many people curse and curse, it just shows they're labil and always complaining their life


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geegee77 5 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

Great hub I do admit I curse when Im really angry, but try to control it especially regarding surroundings etc. :) ge


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tsmog 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

Great article. Reminds me of when cussing was a daily event for me - auto technician. You could tell what a fellow tech's problem was by the tone and word choice. As a shop manager I was tuned into their argot using it as an aid in communication. When in Rome, do as the Romans do is an adage that might apply. Though I believe today it is not civil, there are sub-cultures and differences in definitions. Take a look at bi*** and its use with our youth. It confuses me being an OG=old guy, vs. ol' gangsta LOL , , ,remember to have fun, fun, fun, , ,,


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

What the h*** sense does it make to go around saying a bunch of d***** curse words.... That felt good. :)

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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

A very interesting hub....I will try and keep this in mind the next time I hurt myself. Having small children around me 24/7 makes cussing a difficult task....I could just see my 2 year old picking up some colorful terms....Great hub Sunshine. Voted up ....useful.....and funny.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

U go Fay, I like the rebel in you!!! I'm glad u were able to vent and feel better ;-)

Cogerson, you are an exception to the rule also be sure and read my disclaimer again just in case you have a slip of the tongue!!!

Thank you both for the taking the time to read and comment....always appreciated


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

tsmog....that's a great example of when swearing can be used in a constructive sorta way! Thanks!!

ge...a pleasure as always :-))


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Doctor Kristy 5 years ago from Australia

A great quality, well written article. Very funny. Well done!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you doctor!!! :-)


aristip 5 years ago

tanks for post


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Hahaa, I remember how happy I was when I read about that study a while back. Ever since, I've been telling people about it. Great Hub!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

I was happy also!!! This was actually from an updated study that claims the more swearing the better!! hahahaha!!!


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AntonOfTheNorth 5 years ago from The Land Up Over

Thanks for the hub, sunshine. I've always maintained there is value in the harsher language choices. I'll try to explain (briefly) This from the viewpoint of a theatre professional.

The harsh language is connected to us emotionally. Sort of an adult version of the 'waaaaaaaaahhhhhhh' that can form a large part of child speak.

Human emotion (in english, at least) is most strongly connected to the parts of speech that require the most energetic use of breath. This means long vowels and the guteral glottal and labial stops.

When we are in pain, we are emotionally engaged. Vocalizations that also engage emotions have the best chance of changing that emotional energy. This is why you feel better when you curse after injuring your self.

If you want to control your language choices (say you have young children), try creating words that have the features of your normally chosen ones.

This is the origin of 'fudge', 'jeepers creepers' and the ever popular 'darn'

But the new word needs to have the same features as the old one; the same vowel shape, the same glottal or plosive ending to work, so best to experiment before you actually hurt yourself. Try it now. form your choice word in your mouth without vocalizing it and see what shape it has, then make up a nonsense word that does some of the same things. (One of my personal favourites is 'frak' to replace its obvious counterpart)

Its not the word that is important in this context, it is the emotional shedding of pain.

The other alternative is just learn from our children: let loose with a long 'waaaaaaaaahhhhh'.

cheers


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you for sharing your insightful view with us, it's much appreciated. I will try the waaaasaaaaaahhhhh next time I injure myself which I hope isn't too soon :)


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

LOL! Too true. I know from experience. If you 'nail' your thumb with a hammer, a simple "ouch, doggone it!!" Just doesn't cut it. ;-)

I'm not one who is offended by curse words, and I say plenty of them. They also help vent emotional frustrations over things like the economy and it's painful bite on our wallets! ;-)

That said, I am able to adapt my behaviour and vocabulary to the situation and the company. I would never curse in front of a high ranking dignitary...in fact, I am capable of sending them to the dictionary to discover that I called them a #@$@("((#$@$*!!

However, among construction workers, including stage hands, with whom I have a fair amount of experience, I can cuss like a sailor. It's a matter of "fitting in" to the group you're with.

Great hub! Voted up and now following you!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Lizzy...thank you for the comment, you cracked me up!!! I appreciate the humor, the up and the follow ... got ya back! I seriously $%#@#$ mean that!!! LOL


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KenWu 5 years ago from Malaysia

I remember time when I cursed after injuring my leg and it really relive the pain a bit. But I think it was not actually due to the cursing itself but rather the changes in the body when we curse. I believe this experience can be recreated via other ways such as mimicking the unpainful experience. It's hard but it's doable. :)

Voted "useful" for this writeup!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Super idea Ken! I'll keep you posted if I ever attempt to try it!!! Thank you for sharing :)


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Balinese 5 years ago from Ireland

LoL Very funny


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Harlan Colt 5 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

This is a great topic Sunshine. I have pondered this subject now and again in my life. I have thus far concluded that the variables to cussing are even more than the number of people doing the cussing. I don't know if cussing helps ease the pain as the study suggests, but I know when I am working and do something that really hurts, the words seem to just come out! HA!

I find it also true that any word can be used negatively given the spirit in which it is delivered and be just as damaging as cussing. The attitude of the person speaking can add a tremendous level of meaning to the words they use. One can use all appropriate words and say the most vile things, and again one can cuss up a storm with the right attitude and say some very uplifting things too.

As a teen I had an elderly neighbor with a Texas drawl as long as Texas North to South, and every other word out of his mouth was some filthy cuss word. But his attitude was always positive. I loved to hear him talk because he was so expressive and painted very entertaining rich word pictures. He talked a lot like Foghorn Leghorn, the chicken on those old Warner Brothers Cartoons.

I think some words have been ingrained in us as bad words, but as all words can be given meaning in the context in which we use them, bad words can be used without a bad meaning to them, however, some people will perceive them as bad no matter how you use them.

Of course, its is irresponsible to do such things in front of children, and when you are representing yourself to others, they are best avoided as one never knows how another will perceive such language and be silently judging us as complete buffoons for our lack of conversational skill. Such words can cost us in ways we never know. The loss of an opportunity one may have received because someone judged us for our poor usage of words, and ultimately our character too.

I completely identify with your word substitution comments and actually find that such can be very humorous. Now and then someone will use a word out of its particular context but it describes an idea that we can completely connect with in such a way that it is also hilarious. I love those words! Some people are masters at it and find favor with folks everywhere from their use of such idioms. Old TV shows like Andy Griffith and the Beverly Hillbillies are rich in such usage.

The comments here are also terrific. I don't know that I agree the more cussing the better, but perhaps the more cussing the less pain... in that way it may be true. Regardless, I am guilty as charged when I hurt!

This is a great hub, I vote up.

- Best wishes

- Harlan


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you Harlan for sharing your points of view...always appreciated!


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Joni Lynelle 5 years ago from Kansas, USA

This very topic was recently put to the test by the cable TV show called Myth Busters. There the myths they put to test are either dubbed Busted, Plausible, or Confirmed.

For this particular Myth, after some scientific development and some brave volunteers were enlisted, the Myth was dubbed confirmed! This led me to pledge that I would allow myself to curse and swear like the dickens should the need ever arise!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

LOL Joni go for it even though I hope you never need to!!!!!


Judowolf 5 years ago

Hey Sunshine,

Great hub on my favorite subject. I am educated and not ugly but have the mouth of a Longshore man. Mt father was one and standing on the docks next to him I thought the F word was a new word to learn. I learned it and a few other words many have never heard. The F word has been my companion all my life and i can say when I use it I have peoples immediately. My daughters use it too and I am glad to say my grandchildren are not far behind all though I try to be careful around them. By the way if I cut myself it would be followed by ^%$@ *&^%$ !@#& @#$& and the F word.

Wayne aka Judowolf


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TheSenior 5 years ago

Not only was this an interesting article But also very true. Reasearchers have found that the so-called gentle words just do not let that much expression or pent up pain/anger out as the swear words do.

They also found that once all the swear words have been used that the pain is a little easier to bear, and my thinking is that the pain from the trauma has been released thru the swear words thereby aliveating that much more pain and making the person experiencing that much less pain.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Judo and Senior .... your points of view are much appreciated. I'm not a fan of the F word unless need be and unfortunately my need be is to often for my liking. haha!


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catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

A very funny, but truthful Hub. I firmly believe in swearing in certain situations, especially when in pain...it really does help! Great topic Sunshine!


water removal 5 years ago

funny lmao... i need one for the office xD


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sameer.anand 5 years ago from Pilani (India)

Actually cursing turns out even more fruitful in case of emotional hurts rather than physical injuries.

If someone doesn't keep their word or if a girl dumps a guy then curses seem to be most working in recovery!!!

All in all a very entertaining and cool hub...


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Great point and ouch sameer!! Thank you for sharing!!


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JayeWisdom 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

Funny hub, but also true. Euphemisms just don't do the trick when you stub your toe!

JAYE


Faith 5 years ago

Oh shit! Woman! You are on the front page!


Michelle Canonica 5 years ago

Thanks for the info, Sunshine. I'm not opposed to a well-placed cussword for emphasis, so I'm glad to know that my bad habit might actually be good for me. ;-)


donaisabella 5 years ago

Well, almost everyone here seems to endorse cursing as a way to relieve pain. I did read the article you are talking about. As you pointed out, people are different depending on how they have grown up and how they perceive pain. I did not grow up cursing, even if I was crazy mad, a curse would never escape my mouth. I have my own way of expressing anger and the vilest I can get is 'stupid'. However, with whatever we have in us, we cry out in a time of pain and having suffered pain a few times, the most recent being child birth, I remember that during the most intense pain, I found comfort in total silence. It hurts a lot and the most I could ever to relieve pain is cry out to God or call out to my mom! We have a way of relieving pain in our culture and it is crying out mother!, it helps a lot. So I really beg to differ with the researchers, their work must have been restricted to a certain group of individuals whose habit it may be to curse when in pain. I would advise them to try other people whose habit is exactly the opposite to say uplifting or words of comfort or calling out to a person they love or who they know cares about them. In distress, during life changing circumstances, I have found myself calling out to Jesus Christ, not as a curse word, but as a Savior who cares and it has worked wonders. Otherwise, your article was brilliantly presented. Thanks.


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donnaisabella 5 years ago from Fort Myers

Well, almost everyone here seems to endorse cursing as a way to relieve pain. I did read the article you are talking about. As you pointed out, people are different depending on how they have grown up and how they perceive pain. I did not grow up cursing, even if I was crazy mad, a curse would never escape my mouth. I have my own way of expressing anger and the vilest I can get is 'stupid'. However, with whatever we have in us, we cry out in a time of pain and having suffered pain a few times, the most recent being child birth, I remember that during the most intense pain, I found comfort in total silence. It hurts a lot and the most I could ever to relieve pain is cry out to God or call out to my mom! We have a way of relieving pain in our culture and it is crying out mother!, it helps a lot. So I really beg to differ with the researchers, their work must have been restricted to a certain group of individuals whose habit it may be to curse when in pain. I would advise them to try other people whose habit is exactly the opposite to say uplifting or words of comfort or calling out to a person they love or who they know cares about them. In distress, during life changing circumstances, I have found myself calling out to Jesus Christ, not as a curse word, but as a Savior who cares and it has worked wonders. Otherwise, your article was brilliantly presented. Thanks.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you Michelle and Donna for your opinions...they are very much appreciated. We are all unique individuals with our own points of view which makes this world a very interesting place to live in. :)


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

LOL - i only speak English, but when mad or hurt I develop an amazing bi-lingual blast of vocabulary that makes me feel much better afterwards. venting is so much fun.

Thanks for the chuckle


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Voted up, funny, and awesome. So true, so true! I rarely curse, so that rare cursing outburst sure makes me feel good. I like how witty you were in this, too, Sunshine! You always make me chuckle.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Its wonderful to hear that I made you chuckle Victoria ... Thank you for sharing :)


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DeborahNeyens 5 years ago from Iowa

You hubs always make me smile. I guess that's why you're called Sunshine. : )


Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

Sunshine, when I was a child, my mama always wanted to wash out my mouth with soap for my garbage mouth, but she could never catch me. She still can't catch me. Great hub to start out my day. Thanks!


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deestew 5 years ago from Kentucky

Very cool hub!


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fpherj48 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Holy_________. I had no ________ idea that cuss words offend some __________people! Are you________sure, Sunshine? What the ________ will some of the ________at the office do? 50% of their entire vocabulary consists of ________ and ________ and believe it ot not, even______! Well, I'll be _______. Better clean up their___________act. Right________now!! Voted up __________and pretty ___________ funny!!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

@Paula you are TOO funny my friend!!! Thank you :))


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Momma Mia 5 years ago from North Carolina

This is such a true hub! Thank you for sharing with us!

wishingUwell

Mia


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Cousin Fudd 5 years ago from From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina

I don't make it a practice to use cuss words, mama switche our legs if we were caught swearing. I couldn't help but laugh when my two year old grandson said "Dammit" one day a few weeks back while trying to get his toy trailer hooked to the small tractor he was playing with at the time. I scolded him and told him we don't use that kind of language in our house. His reply,"I like to say "Dammit"


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pinkish 5 years ago

Great hub! It's cool to know that we can benefit from cursing. I just say swear words when I'm angry or upset. Thanks for sharing.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi momma, Cousin and pinkish ... sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do :)


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stephaniedas 5 years ago from Miami, US

This is a hub that everyone can identify with. Swear words are, as a friend of mine once put it, "God's gift to us". Its amazing that words can be so powerful!


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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

When something isn't working right or I hurt myself those bad words just pop out of my mouth, then it's all over.

I'm going to be another follower of yours. You can thank Makush


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Stephanie...I'm glad you can relate!

Hi Writer...looking forward to your follow!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Haha...haha ha! Now you know why I'm so pain tolerant.....! You know - I only use curse words for shock value:). But I'm careful about using them in mixed company:) lol but I think that matters;) really &;$(($' funny hub girl!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you kindly Real :))

Sometimes we just gotta say what we gotta say!


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Sunshine...

I have full reverence for the recuperative properties of obscenities in injury situations. Swear words are to a stubbed toe (is as) aspirin in a heart attack scenario. Please note...I am not a doctor in the (strictest sense of the word)...but that is my belief.

I am pushing all the many Up button that Hubpages has to offer. Thanks for the giggles.

Thomas


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mjfarns 5 years ago from Bloomington, Illinois USA

I agree! My favorite word in the world to say out loud when I'm frustrated is "shite". (I'm not British, I just like how saying the word makes me feel powerful.)


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thomas ... Thank YOU for the giggles on a daily basis!!! :)

Hi mjfarns! Whatever works for you should work for those around you! :)


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Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

I am always being told off by friends for my 'effing and blinding' as we say in the UK but I can't seem to help myself. I am always mindful to not swear in front of people who I know dislike it but I do like a good curse and i agree with you - it can make me feel better, F@*k Yeah.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Jools...I truly enjoyed your comment! LOL! Thank you:)


Anita 4 years ago

Im guilty!!! This was packed with great info, tyvm P


Lesleysherwood 4 years ago

Ha ha, we are just never gonna say, "goodness gracious I think I might need stitches". I totally agree with your view, that's why its a shame if people just use swear words in every day speech, which has become so common in England. I get frustrated when I'm trying to watch TV. People don't swear from losing control or hurting themselves anymore. It makes them sound crass and it has no meaning at all.


SUE PR 4 years ago

WELL MS SUNSHINE, THANKS FOR GIVING ME PERMISSION TO WHAT I CALL 'THE POTTY MOUTH' WHEN I SAY A CURSE WIRD, I USUALLY TRY NOT TO CURSE, BUT WHEN I DO GET HURT OR AM IN MUCH PAIN, I DO FIND 'THE POTTY MOUTH' COME OUT.. ALWAYS WONDERED WHY IT MADE ME FEEL BETTER.. WELL I NOW KNOW AND I WILL SHARE THE REASON BEHIND USING 'THE POTTY MOUTH' AFTER I BANG MY HEAD OR HIT MY FINGER OR WHATEVER I DO THAT HURTS.. SO AGAIN THANKD FOR THE INFO AND ANOTHER GREAT HUB.....


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

fpherj48- LOL! Thank you for this hub. Now I feel like I have a new creative licsense. I have worked to erase swear words from my lexis but one will slip every now and then.. mostly when I drop something on my toe. There is nothing on this planet more cuss worthy. Well done my friend!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

I wonder if just yelling any words just like you would curse words would help? Just a thought. Great hub!


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THEHuG5 4 years ago

Haha I really enjoyed this hub it makes a lot of sense. I have to admit when I stub my toe I usually let a few choice words fly (unless I'm not in an appropriate place to do so). Maybe just yelling in general distracts you from the pain. I will definitely be voting this up, great info.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

What a funny bunch of comments!! Thank you all for sharing how the benefits of swear words help you when you are in need of a bit of release!! Much appreciated!!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

As you pointed out, a little well-timed and judicious cursing does us all a little good. I just have to remember not to come out with unsavory words in front of my grandchildren. One of them still reminds me of a few choice words she learned from me on the day I melted a plastic spatuala in the oven...

Voted up and funny!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

OK, I'm havin MEATLOAF for dinner...

Linda, Dear,

'You took the words right outta my mouth...'

I guess that would be my potty mouth, oops! Too funny, yet, too true! Voted UP & FAB! Hugs, mar.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I think one of the problems with people who curse often is that the expletive loses its value. I do it rarely, so the curse is worth something. Love the disclaimer. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Stephanie, I must also be careful in front of the grandchildren. I totally understand!

Hi Maria! Thank you for stopping by and singing me a little tune, always appreciated!

Hi alcosin! I like your theory! Ha! You are a wise man!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

You are funny, and so is that last graphic! I actually don't swear (I know!) but I totally understand I am in the minority LOL. Funny hub Sunshine :)


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ananceleste 4 years ago from California

No wonder my mom is still alive.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Christy! Good for you for not having a potty mouth, but releasing a swear word is ok sometimes if you must!!:)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

That's funny ananceleste!:))


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

Oh, I have gotten into trouble with my mouth...lol!! However, I do regret swearing from time to time too.

You are right! Swearing does help when hurt and does relieve the pain, etc.

Very good hub Linda!!! Voted up!!!!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

I don't know how I missed this one! Should probably call it "Cursing for a Cause". Random cursing is pointless, pain causing cursing makes sense. Though, I must admit I was waiting to see one of your lists and trying to figure out how you were going to get away with it! Have to admit this was just as good. Voted up, funny and useful.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Audra! Yes, it does...just be careful on who is standing around. Uh oh!!!

Hi Mary!! This was back in the day before my list fetish:) I'm glad you found it useful!

Thank you both for your thoughts!


Sueswan 4 years ago

Cursing does help with pain.

I remember stubbing my toe and cursing. My mom said that I didn't need to swear. Well, the next time I stubbed my toe, I didn't swear and it took longer for the pain to go away.

Voted up and awesome

Take care :)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Excellent point Sueswan!!! :)


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

This article is #@&$%!ng GREAT!


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

I remember this one! I swear that swearing helps!

Thomas


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Good one Angela!:)

Thanks for stopping by again Thomas!:)


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

College kids LOVE LOVE LOVE to curse. I see it all the time; every sentence contains at least one curse word. In that sense, it's bad, but I definitely agree when in pain, cursing is a huge help :) I swear! Great and funny hub, Linda!!

-KD


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Agree. They really love to curse. Relieves stress.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Why wait till one is in pain? The shock value, the scandalous looks, the sheer fraction of the vocal fricative, the endorphin rush, the alleviation of stress, the emotional release , the linguistic delights, the sheer cheekiness, the rebellious rewards, the camaraderie of doing it together, this mad &£%#^*+ #€ need to make a long list ...all make swearing a rewarding exercise. Do any other species swear? Are there cussin' chimps and hecklin' hyenas? Give me a £&;()%# answer people. He.he.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Keith, Midget and Mohan...Thank you for sharing your thoughts on swearing. I truly appreciate it! This hub has been a gift that keeps on giving...everyone could relate to it!:)


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

There's some amount of truth in it that swear words do make the pain more bearable. Again holding oneself back and trying to hold in the emotional outburst under duress is definitely going to tell on your health. I'm glad it does help health as you say.

Though I don't curse much there are times when it's almost a reflex action.

Voted up, useful, funny and interesting.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

I appreciate you sharing Rajan. There are times we just gotta do what we gotta do!:)


kelleyward 4 years ago

Scream them into your pillow!!! Very funny and informative hub Sunshine! Kelley


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Until relatively recently, my mother would NEVER curse. These days, I hear a few four-letter words from her now and again. I think her age and maturity have let her be a bit more expressive in a way that she's no longer concerned about offending others, or at least not as concerned as she used to be. I think this is healthy! I'm going to share your words with her and see what she says. Up and interesting!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

If my Mother ever caught me saying a "bad word", she would give me a good whipping. (Yep, mothers did that way back then). One day I was behind the barn and I say the word Damn over and over again. It felt so good and I felt SO grown up. Then I saw Mother standing there listening to my every word. I did not feel so grown up then.

I never call God's name in vain, and I never allow the four letter word that starts with F in our home. When I hurt myself, I say S___!


teon 4 years ago

u get detention if u say bad word


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Your witty comments are appreciated! Thank you all :)


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

There are definitely times when we need to let loose with some well-chosen curse words! :) Great hub for Tweeting!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

"but I believe that curse words can make one appear unattractive and uneducated. " i agree with this too. and i know most people will.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Linda, Great hub (as always) sorry but I'm a terrible curser....I quite forget myself when I'm at home but I'm more demure when I am out and about. I just can't help myself - working at a school for the last 2 years has meant I have had to completely curtain cursing during the day but I think I may have doubled up in the evenings :o) It makes me feel better!


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

I will admit whatever curse I have said in the past were taught to me by my grandfather, who was a wonderful man, but could curse like a sailor, lol!! Seriously, I don't curse all the time, but when I do I have to be really upset or annoyed just as you pointed out, so I can totally relate to you article. Have of course voted, shared and tweeted too!!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

I cannot ______believe that it's been _______ months since you first published this _________ HUB! I ____liked it then and I _____like it now. But, I've cleaned up my ____ language since then and become much more _____sedate. There just is no _____ reason to constantly use ____ and ____ when you're trying to get a ____ point across.....I'm glad Jools shared this!! Hey Jools..How the ______ are you, you little ______ you!!!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thanks for the tweet 12 days ago Steph! :)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Jools, Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. Just use caution around the wee ones. Thank you for sharing!:)

Janine, Stories about your grandfather are always appreciated and enjoyed!

Paula, My nickname for you alone speaks volumes towards this hub and your comment is awesome! I do____adore My Effer! :)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Yeah? Well.... What the______ do you know? I______ adore you too, you sweet_____thing!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Effer, _____ me, it took me long enough to ______reply :o)

I _______ love cursing, it _______ makes me feel _______ better.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

**** it, I had to come here again and remind myself that my ****ing cursing needs to be brought under control....I'm bad :o)


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

Linda, I love this! Here I have been trying not to curse and now you tell me it is good for me. What a relief! This hub is so much fun to read and I will tweet it right now. Have a great weekend.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

Hi Sunshine,

I was looking for one of your "Fan Letters" and like magic this came in the HubPages stream.

This is an interesting and funny hub. I use words for my cuss words that are not bad, i.e., sugar, fudge, kiss the donkey, dangnabitt and so on.

I am going searching for one of your Fan Letters--see you later.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis


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LittleFairy 4 years ago

I also don't like to use swear words, but like you said, they do help ease pain. Very well-written hub on this topic.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Effer, Jools, Bobbi, Pamela, little fairy ... You really ____ crack me up, and trust me that's easy to do! ;)


Justsilvie 4 years ago

Well done Hub! When my youngest child was born, delivery was fast and natural and my OB said close the door and said mommy has a potty mouth. It was a much better solution than the drugged delivery of my first child. I can use the F word as an adjective when in pain, but I agree curse words are not something I want in my everyday vocabulary.

Voted up and shared!


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

I have turned the air blue more than a few times when I hurt myself, usually through my own carlessness. Having been in the Army, and also from reading everything from Wordsworth to Norman Mailer, I have a pretty broad view of acceptable language.

Like Jools for instance! Up all the way on this one.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Great hub. You presented the topic in a very entertaining and thought-provoking way.

It reminded me of a high school English teacher who told my class that the actual curse word used was not as important as the intent and tone used when it was uttered. Therefore, simply substituting something like, "Oh Sugar!" for "Oh S***!" did not negate the offensiveness of the statement.

I thought that was an interesting argument and for awhile, felt bad whenever "Oh Sugar" popped out of my mouth. LOL

Voted up across the board and shared.


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK

This last minute Christmas shopping is causing me to swear a lot....I thought of this hub when I was effing and blinding in a shop yesterday.....and I had to come back and remember, I'm not alone :o)


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

You are sooo right on - there is NOTHING like a good curse word to make one feel better - ease stress, strain, impatience, incontinence - and pain - oh, yes! lol

You may have noticed i believe in your prescription - use it liberally - and might even be addicted to it! (oh s**t!!...lol)

i am a true lover of words - when i am bored, i take them out and play with them, twisting them, stretching them, inventing them - and some of my very favorites are the bad ones - they're f'n AWESOME!

lol..as is this hub!

up and sharing..


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

I must be pain free when I wack my ankle because my swear words turn the air blue sometimes! lol! votes all the way, and funny too!


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MichaelJohnMele 3 years ago from Seffner, Florida

Love it...now it's time to let my potty mouth shine! I may blush though...because I don't normally say bad words...so please don't make fun of me.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

If only I knew where to find enough f*c#i@g TIME to read enjoyable hubs like this....

Bloody hell, my f*c#i@g FOMO is killing me!

Honestly, Sunshine, there is a Time and a Place for everything. In moderation everything goes, excluding serious life-threatening deeds.

(FOMO = the Fear of Missing Out - and don't ask me who was the original coiner of this perfect name for this well-known phobia.)


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dghbrh 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

JUst So Brilliant this one....LOL....never the less what is important is to get relief of the pain ....and that is also by words .....funny though i must say very useful hub......and practical also ......voted awesome and interestingly FRESH .....sharing of course....blessings always!


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Oh, we sometimes need to vent. Thanks for sharing, Linda!!


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thanks Y'all for sharing your thoughts, humor and suggestions!


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Vocalizing pain definitely helps!!! Feels better when we shout it out.


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

Ain't that the truth, Vellur!


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fpherj48 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

I'll tell you what I _____ hate! It's these ____ phony Angels and Pure as the ____driven snow individuals, who act like you just ____ killed someone because you swore!! Oh me oh my...their poor ____virgin ears! Tell you what you ____ phony.....If you're gonna hang around me, better get a pair of _____ ear plugs. Hi GF....how the ___ are ya??


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Sunshine625 21 months ago from Orlando, FL Author

LOL, Effer! Rock on! :)

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