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Swearing as pain relief by ev on 13 July 2009 1:03pm
 
"For the first time, psychologists have found that swearing may serve an important function in relieving pain.":

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

 
Re: Swearing as pain relief by suzulu on 13 July 2009 1:10pm
 
Good one.
 
Re: Swearing as pain relief by Spursfan on 13 July 2009 1:39pm
 
As a rule I don't swear [as opposed to my 16-year old self who thought it cool to tell her parents to 'f*** off!' at regular intervals], but just on occasion when I am aching more than usual, or really really cross or when Spurs have lost, I may slip a choice word or two into my vocab. VERY rarely I have to say.

And even then I swear more than the husband who HATES me (or any ladies) swearing by the way. He says that it is a sign of a poor vocab, a phrase which he knows stings badly.

I have to agree with him when you watch reality shows where someone speaks and it goes like this "Yeah well I f***ing went to their skool, like, and f***ing said to this f***ing teacher "you f***ing b***h" like and walked f***ing off, like". I have made this up of course but you get the picture. Depending on when it is shown you either get more bleeps than words or the other.

I don't mind swearing in drama as long as it adds to the whole thing. I just hate hearing, frankly, uneducated low-lifes who only know about 4 words, 3 of which are swear words and the 4th is 'like'.



 
Re: Swearing as pain relief by tucsonmike on 13 July 2009 1:53pm
 
If you swear all the damn time, the words lose their #(%)## impact!
 
Re: Swearing as pain relief by ev on 13 July 2009 2:05pm
 
I think there's a big difference between when they're used directly (as insults or expressions of anger towards someone) or when they're used a 'fill-words' or exclamations..
 
Re: Swearing as pain relief by perfectbitch on 13 July 2009 3:30pm
 
I'm definitely a user of latter type. Eg. "Well I f*****g never." That sort of thing. Or as an expression of frustration but not directed at anyone - just the word is enough.
If I want to insult someone - unlikely as I tend to turn my back on conflict - I borrow the "I fart in your general direction" as I think its much more effective and makes them look idiots if they resort to swearing back at you.

Stephen Fry, in the "Guilty Pleasures" tv programme, argued against anti swearers. He said that most of the people that he knows who swear are intelligent and have much wider vocabularies than those who complain that swearing shows a lack of a wide vocabulary.

Even chimps who are taught sign language (Washo in particular) use some of the words they know to express frustration. She became frustrated that a new keeper couldn't understand her signs that she, very clearly, called him a green shit.

Linz

 
Re: Swearing as pain relief by kazzzz on 13 July 2009 3:34pm
 
Great titting bollocks!
 
Re: Swearing as pain relief by Spursfan on 13 July 2009 4:13pm
 
*faints*
 
Re: Swearing as pain relief by johnnythemonkey on 13 July 2009 4:19pm
 
I never swear even if I hit my thumb with a hammer.
 
Re: Swearing as pain relief by ev on 13 July 2009 4:20pm
 
Such a gentleman!
 
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