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Only certain people who think
language should be censored.
People who cuss, a newer two-part study swears, tend toward honesty - and the less censorship of vulgarities a person employs, the more honest they are, researchers from the Universities of Hong Kong, Stanford, Cambridge, and Maastricht found (Frankly, We do give a Damn - The Relationship between Profanity and Honesty.)
Any parents out there still rushing for the soap upon hearing profanities spewed from the mouths of their babes might want to reconsider, knowing their potty-mouthed progeny are in actuality following the time-honored adage, honesty is the best policy - even if that honesty rankles traditional etiquette.
Honest folk frequently swear to express their feelings, not to insult or hurt others. The liberal peppering of expletives correlates with a high degree of sincerity - particularly in how swearers portray themselves to others.
Liars, on the other hand, generally prefer pronouns in the third-person and negative speech - a sharp contrast to their blasphemous peers.
For the first part of the study, researchers queried 276 willing participants about their cussing habits and levels of candor in certain situations.
Additionally, they analyzed statuses and posts of some 73,000 Facebook users, focusing on their cursing and, of course, honesty.
Then, for the second facet, the same researchers examined previously-compiled data to compare individual U.S. states' level of integrity with how often their inhabitants swear.
Results were the same - no matter which avenue the analysts pursued - use of profanities was inextricably linked to honesty.
An excess of expletives isn't indicative only of honesty, but of eloquence: researchers previously found a capaciously profane vocabulary bespeaks generally larger vocabulary, overall.
Professor of Psychology, Dr. Timothy Jay, of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts studied "taboo words," and discovered (Taboo Word Fluency and Knowledge of Slurs and General Pejoratives - Deconstructing the Poverty-of-Vocabulary Myth) that - when it comes to the size of one's… vocabulary - "fluency is fluency."
Jay sought to prove habitual semantic blasphemers do not curse or slur for lack of education or a dearth of 'more appropriate' terminology - those who swear, he posited, could not be categorized as coming from a lower socio-economic status as past research (Effects of Obscene Language upon Three Dimensions of Listener Attitude) implied.
And he was right.
Those who cuss aren't at a loss for words.
Indeed, acuity with obscenities is a sure sign the speaker is an albeit profane wordsmith - a finding which seems starkly apparent, given the astonishing flexibility of the F-word, alone, which can masquerade comfortably as any part of speech the user chooses.
In conclusion, he noted,
Perhaps the advent and massive usurpation of the public's attention by cable television, with its far laxer regulations on the use of pejoratives than had restrained traditional broadcasts.
When next a relative or neighbor looks at you askance after you stub a toe and shriek a string of swear words, rather than rolling your eyes, smile - and direct them to these studies proving your semantic acuity and, of course, admirable penchant for truthfulness.