Good news if you have a filthy mouth. In addition to (hopefully) being funny and keeping the people around you entertained, studies show that people who swear a lot make great friends. Who knew?!
Timothy Jay of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Kristi Janschewitz published a study called The Pragmatics of Swearing, and it contained some very interesting findings.
Janschewitz and Jay’s study suggests that people who swear are more likely to be better friends than those who don’t.
Why, you ask? Because people who swear are more likely to be honest because they’re comfortable expressing their feelings. The study even delved into the criminal world and found that there is a correlation between supposed criminals who swore and innocence.
The study claims “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.”
And, one more piece of good news: another study shows that profanity can help ward off pain. So when you stub your toe or slam your hand in the car door, let the F-bombs fly!
So, in conclusion, curse away friends! #$%^&^@#$%^!@