Science Suggests: People who cuss have better vocabularies than people who don’t. 

 May 23, 2020

Has anybody ever ​said you swear too much? Well, if you worry that it could be a problem, don't despair, as it might mean that you have a richer vocabulary than your friends who don't curse so much. 

Indeed, a study conducted in 2015 found out that people who tend to share a vast repertoire of curse words are far from being less intelligent because they're not able to express themselves.

Instead, those who have more swear words at their disposal tend to have a better mastery of the spoken language.

This study's results go against the long-held stereotype about people swearing due to not being able to find the right words to properly express their feelings.

The study was conducted by the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts by psychologists Timothy and Kristin Jay.

The hypothesis they wanted to test is whether people who have a vocabulary of curse words are also more likely to have overall language fluency as well.

To do so, the two scientists first experimented with approximately 50 participants aged between 18 and 22 years old.

To start with, they were asked to recite as many swear words as possible in 60 seconds.

The second part of the experiment involved the same principle, but this time with animal names, to test a person's vocabulary and overall interest in language.

During the experiment, any American English swear word could be accepted, including some ones generated at the moment by the participants.

Many came up with picturesque curse words that are very unusual but that worked well for the sake of the experiment.

On top of that, the participants also submitted some standardized fluency tests, also called FAS tasks.

The results were interesting, but the two scientists decided to further test the hypothesis with a second experiment.

This experiment involved another group of people, within the same age range, who this time were asked to write down as many curse words as possible starting with the letter "a". The same procedure was followed with animal names.

The research, published in the journal of Language Sciences, came up with astonishing results.

The two psychologists found out that the use of expressive curse words is linked to richer overall language fluency and vocabulary.

Interestingly, very few differences were found between female and male participants.

If you think you are swearing too much, remember that it has nothing to do with your lack of intelligence or expression. On the contrary, it is a sign that you own a richer vocabulary than many out there!

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