Using Dirty words brings relief from pain
Profanity is F****g good for you
Swearing helps to reduce pain.
Uttering expletives when you hurt yourself is a sensible policy, according to scientists who have shown swearing can help reduce pain. “Bad words are unexpectedly useful in fostering human relations because they carry risk.” A study by Keele University researchers found volunteers who cursed at will could endure pain nearly 50% longer than civil-tongued peers. They believe swearing helps us downplay being hurt in favour of a more pain-tolerant machismo. The work by Dr Richard Stephens' team appears in the journal NeuroReport.
When used correctly, in other words, profanity is expressively complicated. For Adams, this is just one more reason to cultivate profanity—and to admire it. In Praise of Profanity includes appreciations of profane performers from The Sopranos to Sarah Silverman to Cee-lo to that classic “children’s” book Go the Fuck to Sleep.
Profanity has many useful social functions including “bring[ing] us together.”
Part of the point of profanity, after all, is that your dad disapproves of it. “Shit” may not have the punch it once did, Adams told me, but that “doesn’t mean we want all of the social unacceptability of it to be worn away, because in that case the words would just be normal words.” If you’re teaching your kids profanity, you need to teach them that profanity isn’t something they’re supposed to use. Otherwise, how will they fucking learn to use it correctly?