published Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

A cuss or two a day may keep pain away

Poll
How much do you cuss?

Stub your toe? Skip pain pills. Employ expletives instead.

Cursing can act as a form of pain relief, according to a study by Keele University in England published this month in the American Journal of Pain.

A caveat: Persistently profane persons — those who swear as much as 60 times a day or more — see less benefit from blue language as opposed to those who curse just a few times a day.

Continue reading at the Tennessean.

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Chatt88 said...

Let's not let our kids read this and think it means they can swear all they want, so long as they pretend they hurt themselves...

December 13, 2011 at 1:27 p.m.
RetiredMarshal said...

this article is from a college in England,that right there speaks for itself.

December 13, 2011 at 2:34 p.m.
Bumpkin said...

But not on Sundays though. Drinking and swearing are not allowed round these here parts.

December 13, 2011 at 3:22 p.m.
hambone said...

BS

December 13, 2011 at 4:49 p.m.
Salsa said...

@$$%W^$$%^^%^&&&!!!!

December 13, 2011 at 5:36 p.m.
SmartOne said...

For those calling this article "BS" or suggesting that it isn't credible because it's from a university in the UK, I suggest you take a look here:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=why-do-we-swear

While the article specifically addresses the Keele University study mentioned above (though it references a study published two years prior in the journal NeuroReport), there are many experts that agree with the study. Harvard University psychologist Steven Pinker addresses this issue in his book The Stuff of Thought.

If you feel like reading the actual study, you can read the abstract (and subsequently subscribe to the journal or just purchase the study) here:

http://journals.lww.com/neuroreport/Abstract/2009/08050/Swearing_as_a_response_to_pain.4.aspx

December 13, 2011 at 6:35 p.m.
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