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You Kiss Your Mother With That Mouth?

Topics: Lifestyle & Culture | 1 CommentBy admin | November 3, 2009

It turns out all that rassa frassin’ potty mouthin’ is good for you.

Yosemite Sam Letting Off Some
Stress In The Workplace

I’ve received a little flak for the piece Thoughts On Tom DeLay: Are You F***ing Kidding Me?, which dropped an f-bomb in the headline. Oddly, all the feedback was about swearing; none of it was in defense of Tom DeLay. Probably the funniest message I received (why do people never just leave comments around here?) was from “Tom G” who said “No serious news source would use this kind of language in an article“. Well Tom, I’m glad you finally figured out that this is not a serious news source. And for the record, please note that if you search our site for the F word, out of 600+ articles, only two others use it, and both are quoting someone else. But never mind that, cussing is really okay, and there’s science that says so. British scientists (why are they always British?) did a study that found that swearing actually makes pain more tolerable. And if Tom DeLay isn’t a pain, I don’t know what is. Aside from pain relief, this Wikipedia entry points out that profanity can even be used as part of a term of endearment, as in “I love you, you dumb fuck“. And apparently a good round of F-bombs at work also boosts team spirit and moral. And yes. As always, it’s British scientists that say so. If you want to learn more about how cussin’ actually works, see this HowStuffWorks feature. I had no idea, for instance, that swear words were MAGIC, did you? And finally, if your swearing borders on being Tourettes-like, well what the fuck. Maybe you should think about quitting. There’s help, you know.

No discussion of swearing would be complete without George Carlin’s classic:

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