We f***ing knew it
You’ve probably always been told that swearing is lazy, a sign of bad manners and a habit to get rid of – but actually, this may not be the case.
Which, by the way, is great ****ing news for those of us who are partial to a curse word or two.
‘We cannot help but judge others on the basis of their speech,’ the study reads. ‘Unfortunately, when it comes to taboo language, it is a common assumption that people who swear frequently are lazy, do not have an adequate vocabulary, lack education, or simply cannot control themselves.’
It turned out that those who were more fluent at swearing were also more fluent at listing animals and emotionally-neutral words. We’re taking this as full license to swear whenever we want.
Kristin and Timothy Jay, the study’s lead researchers, said: ‘Speakers who use taboo words understand their general expressive content as well as nuanced distinctions that must be drawn to use slurs appropriately.
‘The ability to make nuanced distinctions indicates the presence of more rather than less linguistic knowledge.’
Take that, motherf***ers!
What do you think of the findings? Will you swear more now or do you think it’s abhorrent? Let us know @marieclaireuk