While using cuss words may not be everyone's cup of tea, a new study done by a US college has found that those people who use them more regularly than those who don't, may actually make better friends.
Psychologist Timothy Jay from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts wrote in, " Why We Curse: A Neuro-Psycho-Social Theory of Speech" the following:
"Curse words have been only of brief passing interest to psychologist and linguists. The absence of research on emotional speech has produce theories of language that are polite but inaccurate. Curse words are words we are not supposed to say; hence, curse words themselves are powerful."
Other psychologists, who have also conducted similar studies, have also concluded people who curse are more likely to be intelligent.
Kristi Janschewitz also worked with Jay on another piece of scientific research called, "The Pragmatics of Swearing."
"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," Jay and Janschewitz stated in their study.
People who swear a lot are often considered more "genuine" and "trustworthy".
This even stands for criminals. The study discovered a correlative link between a suspect's penchant for swearing and their innocence. Those who used a lot of naughty words in their interviews were more likely to be found innocent.
More benefits to swearing which came out in the study include the fact that swearing helps people deal with pain better.
In a Psychology Today study, participants in a research group who were exposed to cold water were divided into two groups: those who stayed silent and those who were asked to repeatedly swear during the exercise.
Those who cussed were able to keep their hands in ice cold water 50 percent longer than those who kept it G-rated.
Jay and Janschewitz's study concludes "The NPS [neuro-psycho-social] Theory overcomes these earlier shortcomings by viewing language in a more comprehensive fashion that includes offensive speech (i.e., cursing) as an essential element in speech comprehension and production processes. The result is a more realistic view of human language."