We’re warned from day one that swearing is bad, but it turns out it’s actually quite a good thing to be profanity proficient. No, we’re not just cursing connoisseurs trying to get away with inappropriate language. There’s actually a study that proves the link between swearing and an extensive vocabulary, meaning all those walking thesauruses are probably big ol’ foul mouths too.
That might sound odd to you considering that swear words seem like an easier option than, you know, tame in-the-dictionary words, but research recently published in the Language of Sciences journal (Via Cosmpolitan) says otherwise.
In what we’re sure would’ve been a fun experiment, subjects were asked to say as many swear words that they could think of in 60 seconds. They were then set a non-swearing task, like listing animal names, to complete in the same amount of time. (more…)