Swear it Up!

  • kuroshiro

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    May 19, 2011 5:51 PM GMT
    So I was poking around online today and I came across an interesting article on Scientific American's website regarding swearing, the illustrious taboo part of English vernacular that many frown upon.

    The article highlights a study conducted in England at the Keele University by psychologist Richard Stephens. The interesting part is that swearing has been linked to pain relief, which many of us often do if we drop something on our foot, stub our toes or cut ourselves and what not.

    Personally I think that it's quite fascinating that expletives hinge on evolutionarily ancient structures buried deep inside the right half of the brain. Guess we've been doing it for a while.

    While I do swear on occasion, whenever I have to vent from a sudden pain I generally say something funny (Christ Almighty becomes Cheese and Crackers, Aw shit becomes Tarter sauce, etc).

    Why the #$%! Do We Swear? For Pain Relief
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    May 19, 2011 5:59 PM GMT
    I've read this article.

    However studies also shows that those who swear more often usually don't have the same effect to cope with the pain receptives than the ones who swear less often.

    I usually say, SON OF TEACUP!!

    OR SMURF"N HELL!!
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    May 19, 2011 5:59 PM GMT
    I'm not sure about this right hemishpere language center. The article does nothing to back up data. However, I swear like a sailor all the time. The further and further I get into my academic career the more I do, as do all my colleagues and cohort.
  • kuroshiro

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    May 19, 2011 6:14 PM GMT
    Fivealive saidI usually say, SON OF TEACUP!!

    OR SMURF"N HELL!!


    I may have to steal your "smurf'n hell!". That's golden.

    Like any article from a 'science' source, they don't back it up. I'm going to dig around to see if I can't find an academic journal on the topic as it seems rather interesting to me.