There is nothing better when you are caught in a pickle and absolutely raging, to channel that mad frustration into one loud, unadulterated, ‘f*ck’. But perhaps that moment of curse-word-based-ecstasy has spiraled into a potty-mouthed habit where you are dropping the F-bomb left, right and centre on a regular basis.
You and your swear words have now become one, and your biggest identifier is your ability to not give a f*ck about swearing, even when you really shouldn’t.
Even though you notice the judgement from time to time, fear not, as all your swearing is actually a sign that you are more intelligent than your polite expletive-free friends.
Researchers at the University of Rochester, for a study published in the Personality and Individual Differences journal, asked 1,000 people about 400 separate behaviours—leading them to discover that those with higher intellects were more likely to swear.
They were also more likely to eat spicy breakfasts and walk around the house naked, so if you tick all three boxes you are a bona fide genius.
There are other benefits to screaming swear words at the top of your lungs too: A study done by Keele University found that swearing can also increase our physical strength, making us able to work out for longer periods of time and with more ferociousness.
Perhaps trash-talking the treadmill before you hop on is the workout hack we never knew we needed.
So next time someone patronising tells you that it’s not big or clever of you to swear, refer them back to this, before calling them a flipping idiot.
KATIE STOW | Elle