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Cursing is good for you!

Updated on February 25, 2016

DISCLAIMER- Please refrain from reading if you are easily offended. This article contains profanities.

Involuntary Cursing

You are walking down the hallway and just before your left foot enters the door to your bedroom, it is crushed by the door frame. You jump around and try to catch a breath and then say a few curse words before encouraging yourself to try and wiggle the toe to see if you should seek medical attention. Many of us, including myself, incorporate a casual "Fuck" into our every day lives. We never really stop and think about the way these vulgar words affect us.

What Science Says About Cursing

Getting hurt and screaming out profanities always helped me tolerate the pain better. There is actual Science behind this to back up my long standing with my beloved curse words. Dr. Richard Stephens of Keele University conducted a study in 2009 with 67 volunteer students. Basically, they were told to submerge their hands into ice cold water all while being encouraged to yell obscenities. In another controlled study, those students submerged their hands in ice cold water but were told to say neutral words. And wouldn't you believe it, the first controlled study that involved cursing allowed the volunteers to handle the pain for forty seconds longer. Now, there is a catch to this experiment. The main difference between the volunteers is that some curse every day while others do not, ever. People who did not swear regularly could hold their hands in the ice water for 140 seconds when they swore, twice as long as when they used a neutral word. However people who usually swore up to 60 times a day could only hold their hands in the water for 120 seconds when they used foul language – the same as when they used a neutral word.

To conclude this experiment, it is a fact that people who do not curse every day tolerate the pain better when a curse word is used when they are hurt then the people that curse casually every single day.

Richard Stephens, of Keele University, accepts the Ig Nobel peace prize for his research finding that swearing relieves pain. Photograph: Charles Krupa/AP
Richard Stephens, of Keele University, accepts the Ig Nobel peace prize for his research finding that swearing relieves pain. Photograph: Charles Krupa/AP

Benefits of Cursing

-It makes you feel stronger! When you say that little fucking word, the pressure seems to melt off and that spam add you can't seem to get rid of seems like it's a no big deal situation even though you may have a virus on your computer. You feel stronger and more willing to tackle the hurdles ahead. However, use those words in moderation because overusing will water down the effect.

-Cursing is NOT by any means linked to intellect! Just because you have a very colorful vocabulary does not make you dumb. In fact (fact=exaggerating here) highly intelligent people and people with higher education curse on a daily basis and agree that it is mostly a necessary part of their lives.

-It is a coping mechanism that each of us have developed over the years. It makes me feel better and not worse. Case closed!

-You wouldn't necessarily curse in front of your pastor or your boss but that's because you really aren't comfortable around them. If you are able to curse in front of someone close to you, it almost seems like the bond between you and your friend gets closer.

-If you are criticizing this article and thinking that this is all bullshit, please explain why shows that use such words in every episode are so easy and popular to watch. The Wire, Dexter, Entourage etc. are all shows that you have watched, even if only a few episodes. Each uses a nice number of colorful profanities and we don't judge them or their word choices but it does make it a lot more entertaining to watch.

Ernest Hemingway 1957 Bellowed Profanity user.
Ernest Hemingway 1957 Bellowed Profanity user.

Why People Dislike Those Who Curse

From the way you are raised to the religion you follow, many frown upon the shitty words that come out of your mouth even if involuntary. Some reasoning behind this is that some people simply don't use curse words and never have. They don't see the benefit, they didn't grow up around anyone who cursed, or if they had they were told that hell surely awaits those who use those words.

ALL Holy Books advise against this 'horrid' act of humanity and some compare the word 'bullshit' to blasphemy and preach that saying the word is like slapping Jesus in the face. Trust me, this knowledge comes from my own circle of people.

An Extremely Important Video!

Cursing Helps Relieve Stress

For those who curse even if only when stressed or in physical pain, cursing is an essential tool of coping with troubles.

The F words itself has become such a neutral aspect of many sentences. Embrace because it no longer has a vulgar meaning unless being used to insult one another. Using profanities while insulting someone is a big NO in my book. In fact, insulting someone is a NO.

My only hope for you, the reader, is that you smiled while reading this sort of funny article and I hope you embrace your fucking voice because it can help you!


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      Nerina 17 months ago

      Hahahah I'm definitely one to curse!

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      Krupic 18 months ago

      Great report, with a dash of funny.