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Published:December 11th, 2011 11:35 EST
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Study: Swearing Is Good For You!

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Occasional cursing can help relieve pain, but swearing doesn`t have the same effect for those who do it often, a British study says.

The study by Keele University in Staffordshire, England, found participants who held their hands in a container of ice water and repeated a swear word could keep their hands in the water an average of 40 seconds longer than those who repeated a word other than a curse."

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Profanity is like fine champagne, it`s not supposed to be served indiscriminately, but reserved for special occasions. If you hook up with the town tramp, you don`t cork open a bottle of Dom Perignon, you toss the skank a can of Bud. But if you are celebrating your 10th anniversary with your beloved wife, nothing but the best will do.

If you let loose with a string of profanities every time your friend looks at you the wrong way, the vulgar words will lose their impact. But if you discipline yourself and only utter a mild "damn" when your friend gets on your nerves, an expletive will have a lot more impact when you catch him doing something really wrong like sleeping with your twin daughters at the same time.

I don`t curse often, and when I stub my toe and I let loose with a few choice words, they are like soothing salve. I`m not surprised by the findings of this study, nothing makes a man feel better than going verbally postal, at the appropriate time.

Remember: Don`t be a fu**** idiot, be judicious in your use of profanity.

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