How many times as a kid were you told to not use swear words because they’re inappropriate and rude…?
The social stereotype suggests that those who swear more often are seen as uneducated, but a recent study has found that potty mouths are actually a lot smarter than they were once perceived…
A lot of people harbor the opinion that those who swear frequently only do it because they don’t have the vocabulary to express themselves intelligently or articulate themselves with proper grammar.
Psychologists Kristin Joy of Marist College and Timothy Jay of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts disagree with this completely.
Their findings suggest that people who use ‘taboo/swear words’ are actually more likely to be “fluent in mundane, neutral words.”
The researchers wrote:
“People who use taboo words understand their general expressive content as well as nuanced distinctions that must be drawn to use slurs appropriately.
The ability to make nuanced distinction indicates the presence of more rather than less linguistic knowledge.”
In another study, technology was used to search thousands of Facebook statuses for individuals who use swear words and for words that indicate deception.
The study found that those who used swore were more likely to be honest. So basically, if you swear like a Irish dockworker, you’re supposedly more honest and intelligent…
Researchers say that the results suggest those who swear more vulgar and regularly are more comfortable expressing themselves and are therefore more genuine than someone who doesn’t swear.
There are a host of other studies that can back these findings up. For example, in criminal cases, innocent suspects are more likely to curse than a guilty one who is denying accusations, and if you swear during a testimony, you are actually seen as more credible!
So basically, the take away point here is that swearing isn’t such a bad thing after all! Besides, they’re only words!
So the next time someone is disgusted when you drop the F-bomb, just say you were being smart and honest. It’s all in the science!
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