You don't need to bite your tongue all the time when you feel like cursing anymore. Turns out, those who swear have a larger vocabulary than those who don't, a study has found.
While it was once widely believed that people who resorted to cursing were inarticulate, research published in the Language of Sciences journal disagrees.
In fact, the study says that those who swear are more confident than those who don't. They proved this with an exercise that we wish we had been a part of.
Subjects were asked to say as many swear words in 60 seconds as they could think of. They were then set non-swearing tasks, such as saying animal names, in the same amount of time.
Surprisingly, participants who could think of the highest number of swear words would also produce more answers in the non-swearing categories. The psychologists behind the study, Kristin and Timothy Jay, write that this proves a fluency in cursing is linked to an overall verbal fluency.
"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 overall finding of this set of studies, that taboo fluency is positively correlated with other measures of verbal fluency, undermines the [typical] view of swearing.
"Speakers who use taboo words understand their general expressive content as well as nuanced distinctions that must be drawn to use slurs appropriately."
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.