NEW YORK - Any occasionally, or frequently foul-mouthed speaker of our language knows how good it feels to drop a perfectly enunciated F-bomb.
To vocalize a realization with the S-word, or to launch a string of obscenities, perhaps never before assembled in that order, toward the heavens.
"You ****** you **** what the **** is happening to you, you ******* ****."
Before those with more delicate vocabularies, discount us savages for our filthy mouths, we'd like to introduce you to pro-cussing scientist Richard Stephens.
"Part of the process of giving birth to my daughter that my wife went through involved swearing."
A psychology professor at Keele University in the U.K., Stephens conducted a series of experiments in 2009, to see how swearing affected pain.
Stephens found that most people became more pain-tolerant when they swore.
The idea that humans used vulgarity to achieve a result sent Stephens in search of why people cussed.
A follow-up study found the less one swore, the more pain-relief they received from exclaiming a well-timed curse-word.