Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Swearing isn't all bad

It turns out that a study shows swearing mitigates pain (via Instapundit). I have always sworn like a sailor when I stub my toe or hurt myself in some way, maybe I was just ahead of my time. At least, it always made me feel better.

32 Comments:

Blogger Cham said...

Last weekend my friend threw me in a pool. It wasn't so bad except I wasn't expecting to be immersed in water at that moment. When I came to the surface I let loose a bunch of mother fuckers. My friend promptly told me in all seriousness that I should watch my mouth as a lady never swears and other people were present. I told him to kiss my ass. Honestly, guys, do you think we have superpowers and being a lady trumps feeling better? Sheesh!

7:36 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Tether said...

"Honestly, guys, do you think we have superpowers and being a lady trumps feeling better?"

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No, but ...

1. I'm not a woman and I have enough self control not to scream Mother Fucker several times in public and then tell other people to kiss my ass if they don't like it. You just sound like an out-of-control baby, frankly.

2. I know this won't even get through to you, but if you are going to use any kind of argument comparing what women have to do with what men have to do (and concluding that you can always do what men can do) then I really hope that you are doing EVERYTHING that men have to do. Otherwise, you're a hypocrite. But I suppose it's a woman's right to be a hypocrite.

7:49 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Tether said...

To sum up for the hard-of-hearing:

I don't personally like out-of-control people, whether men or women.

7:50 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Cham said...

I said other people were present, I never said we were in public. Quit jumping to conclusions.

8:20 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger dr.alistair said...

yeah...my girlfriend`s daughter swears like that....because she`s a self-indulgent child.

9:32 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger TMink said...

Cham, here they come. They will jump on someone else soon.

Trey

10:00 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Cham said...

They're busy proving my point.

10:28 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Oligonicella said...

Words are words are words. That's all the fuck they are.

10:29 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Obi-Wandreas, The Funky Viking said...

Of course, since the participants were given the choice, all this proves is that the people who chose to swear endured for longer than those who chose not to. That is not at all logically equivalent to saying that the swears were responsible.

10:45 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Jason said...

I mis-read the post title when I first saw it. I was rather shocked to read that Dr. Helen advocated swinging!

"Perhaps," I thought "she and Glenn have a more exciting home life than I'd imagined!". Not that I spend much time thinking about such things:-).

Upon re-reading I discovered my mistake, to an odd mixture of relief and disappointment:-P.

As to the actual content of the post, I agree that swearing can help one cope with pain. I'm also of the opinion that just because it can help, that doesn't mean that one should indulge, especially when there are others present.

10:46 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Helen said...

Jason,

Swinging did sound more exciting but sorry, no, the most I do is swear a bit when I stub my toe....I do not blame anyone or curse others when I do so, only myself or the situation.

11:41 AM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Forgetfulmuse said...

I don't really see the big deal about swearing myself. I don't swear around people who don't like it, but otherwise I do tend to cuss a bit. Funny thing though, I never swore while giving birth (twice, naturally, no drugs) and that got pretty painful during transition!

2:02 PM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger DonAlive said...

I don't mind potty mouths around me-indeed I have a plethora of them, friends included, but not around my wife, my dog or my children. There is a time and a place...a time for everything. Prudence....

4:21 PM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Master Doh-San said...

"In times of stress, swearing affords a relief denied even to prayer." -- Mark Twain

6:00 PM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Vulture said...

I'm with Forgetfulmuse. I don't see what's the big deal with profanity. I too refrain from swearing around people who are made uncomfortable by it. I just can't see what the big deal is.

6:46 PM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger HC said...

Hi,
I wonderd how you get your blogads look the way they do on your blog?
Cause at my blog they look very different... :-(

7:15 PM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger Kevin M said...

People who rationalize the use of profanity are full of shit.

9:37 PM, July 14, 2009  
Blogger The Skald said...

I was an active duty sailor for more than 20 years... In the Fleet Reserve for 10 years, and it seems I'm still a sailor when I cut off the end of my finger - or stub my toe. Doc, it definitely helps!

8:57 AM, July 15, 2009  
Blogger dr.alistair said...

george carlin made a clear point about swear-words that couldn`t be used on tv. he was saying they were just words and that we shouldn`t get hung up about them and that they only have power if we give others that power etc....but hearing a six year old boy call the ref a cunt at a glasgow rangers game some years ago really put it in perspective for me.....

....maybe he needed to soothe the pain.

1:30 PM, July 15, 2009  
Blogger DADvocate said...

Cham, I would love to see/hear one of your tirades. Seems I once read about you cussing out a guy on a bridge while you were stuck in mud taking pictures or something like that. Hilarious! (I'm being serious about the hilarity.)

I cuss some but so little that some people think I don't cuss at all.

2:50 PM, July 15, 2009  
Blogger tomcal said...

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4:54 PM, July 15, 2009  
Blogger tomcal said...

Esos cagados culeros hijos de la gran puta de bocas sucias me pueden limpiar el culo con la las lenguas, y comer la mierda que salga de mi peloso ano; mientras que me chupen la verga, y el turco de mi perro tambien.

4:54 PM, July 15, 2009  
Blogger tomcal said...

Ademas los de mi caballo y torro.

4:56 PM, July 15, 2009  
Blogger tomcal said...

I just had to run that through a translation program to see what came out. It got the jist, but doesn't convey the full emotional strength of the message:

"Those they shit lazy children of the great prostitute of dirty mouths can clean me the ass with the tongues, and to eat the crap that my hairy anus leaves; while they suck me the dick, and the cock of my dog too. Also the of my horse and bull."

5:16 PM, July 15, 2009  
Blogger Cham said...

Dadvocate:

Wasn't that guy sexually harassing me? I forgot what happened although I have vague recollections of that day. See, at least I'm consistent. I'm a perfectly nice person unless you do something heinous to me, then the verbal gloves come off. Nobody gets away with it.

6:09 PM, July 15, 2009  
Blogger tomcal said...

I love being bilingual. In fact maybe I will use the free time I have during the current recession to learn a third language - one with unusually colorful profanity.

Any suggestions?

7:33 PM, July 15, 2009  
Blogger DADvocate said...

Cham - as I remember it you are correct. He yelled something sexually inappropriate and you blasted him. Served him right.

8:54 PM, July 15, 2009  
Blogger dr.alistair said...

tomcal, try german. the teutonic precision may appeal to you.

though th french canadian epithets such as sacramente chaud (hot sacrament!) has it`s merits.

6:02 PM, July 16, 2009  
Blogger tomcal said...

Thanks Doc, German sounds like the way to go for me. My grandparents on my mother's side emigrated from Germany.

7:49 PM, July 16, 2009  
Blogger br549 said...

I try to refrain from profanity in public arenas. Some people honestly are offended by the language. So I just drop my drawers and shake my penis in the direction of the offending individual.

8:50 PM, July 21, 2009  
Blogger br549 said...

I am reminded of two instances, one involving a hammer and my left thumb, the other a large rock solid frozen turkey and the toes of my right foot. In both instances, the expletives went on for quite some time.

9:06 PM, July 21, 2009  
Blogger br549 said...

Actually, the first one wasn't meant to send. That was a joke to be shared between me and the person sitting next to me as I typed it. I thought I deleted it....but no, I sent it instead.

Sorry.....

6:25 PM, July 24, 2009  

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