F*ck might just be my favorite word. I mean, you can use it as a verb (let’s f*ck), a noun (that dumb f*ck), an adjective (I hate my f*cking ex), and just about everything in between whether you’re feeling mad, happy, or totally bored. Name one other word that is so versatile.
The only problem is that my parents aren’t huge fans of my cursing, despite that fact that I’m a grown ass woman who pays her own rent.
Turns out, mom and dad are just threatened by my extensive vocabulary.
A new study in Language Sciences finds that people who curse more tend to have bigger vocabularies…aka the more f-bombs you drop, the smarter you might actually be.
Psychologists Kristin Jay and Timothy Jay of Marist College and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts recruited men and women between 18-22 and asked them to say as many swears as they could think of in one minute, then list as many animal names as they could in a minute.
What they found was “that people [both men and women] who cursed more also named more animals,” leading them to conclude that they had larger vocabularies. “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,” the researchers wrote in their study. “The overall finding of this set of studies, that taboo fluency is positively correlated with other measures of verbal fluency, undermines the [normal] view of swearing.”
Mic also reports people who dropping a lot of f-bombs seem to have a better understanding between “appropriate” cursing and “inappropriate” ones like racial slurs.
So there you have it. Maybe keep the swearing to a minimum at your job interview, but otherwise, let it fly.