Wednesday 16 August 2017

Don't worry if you drop the F-bomb, turns out you're more effin' honest if you swear a lot

Stephen Fry said 'The sort of twee person who thinks swearing is in any way a sign of a lack of education or a lack of verbal interest is just a f***ing lunatic'
Stephen Fry said 'The sort of twee person who thinks swearing is in any way a sign of a lack of education or a lack of verbal interest is just a f***ing lunatic'

John Daly

I knew it, I fecking knew it! Not only is swearing good for you, but using it the right way makes us more trustworthy. So put that in your effin' pipe and smoke it! According to a study published earlier this month, researchers found that the more we swear, the more honest we tend to be perceived.

The paper, cutely entitled, 'Frankly, we do give a damn: The relationship between profanity and honesty', found that people who use bad language are less likely to be associated with deception.

"The relationship between profanity and dishonesty is a tricky one," says Dr David Stillwell, a lecturer at the University of Cambridge, and a co-author on the paper. "Swearing is often inappropriate but it can also be evidence that someone is telling you their honest opinion. Just as they aren't filtering their language to be more palatable, they're also not filtering their views."

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