Intelligent Women Are More Likely To Swear, Study Reports

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Perhaps trash-talking the treadmill before you hop on is the workout hack we never knew we needed.

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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.

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KATIE STOW | Elle

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