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Bugger off! Swearing could be good for you

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In fact, it might even be helpful. How?

Author Emma Byrne argues in her new book ‘Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language’ that swearing has been linked to a range of positive attributes including persuasiveness, intelligence and honesty.

One benefit is that it may lessen pain. A study showed that subjects who were asked to hold their hand in ice water could keep it submerged longer if they were allowed to yell out a curse word (doesn’t that count as torture?)

Research released last year also found swearing could benefit your gym workout. They asked participants to complete two sets of exercises using either neutral or swear words.

In both cases, swearing improved performance (having dropped a few choice words at the gym, I’ll attest to that one).

Of course women still face double standards for swearing – despite being just as likely to as men now.

“Research shows we judge women more harshly, so they have to be careful when they do,” Ms Byrne told the New York Post.

What a load of bulls**t.

Lauren Broomham

Lauren is a journalist for villages.com.au, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.


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