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    Swearing Makes Pain More Tolerable

    livescience.com Sun Jul 12, 10:10 am ET

    That muttered curse word that reflexively comes out when you stub your toe could actually make it easier to bear the throbbing pain, a new study suggests.

    Swearing is a common response to pain, but no previous research has connected the uttering of an expletive to the actual physical experience of pain.

    "Swearing has been around for centuries and is an almost universal human linguistic phenomenon," said Richard Stephens of Keele University in England and one of the authors of the new study. "It taps into emotional brain centers and appears to arise in the right brain, whereas most language production occurs in the left cerebral hemisphere of the brain."

    Stephens and his fellow Keele researchers John Atkins and Andrew Kingston sought to test how swearing would affect an individual's tolerance to pain. Because swearing often has an exaggerating effect that can overstate the severity of pain, the team thought that swearing would lessen a person's tolerance.

    As it turned out, the opposite seems to be true.

    The researchers enlisted 64 undergraduate volunteers and had them submerge their hand in a tub of ice water for as long as possible while repeating a swear word of their choice. The experiment was then repeated with the volunteer repeating a more common word that they would use to describe a table.

    Contrary to what the researcher expected, the volunteers kept their hands submerged longer while repeating the swear word.

    The researchers think that the increase in pain tolerance occurs because swearing triggers the body's natural "fight-or-flight" response. Stephens and his colleagues suggest that swearing may increase aggression (seen in accelerated heart rates), which downplays weakness to appear stronger or more macho.

    "Our research shows one potential reason why swearing developed and why it persists," Stephens said.

    The results of the study are detailed in the Aug. 5 issue of the journal NeuroReport.

  • #2
    During this study was any data collected on the types of curses used? In that regard, I've always wondered what an athiest or an agnostic might say after crashing their milling machine or perhaps dropping a 12" rotary table on their foot?

    I'm just curious........

    I knew a fellow who was an insomniac, agnostic dyslexic. He lay awake every night wondering if there really is a dog.

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    • #3
      Dog Letters To God

      Dear God, Why do humans smell the flowers, but seldom, if ever, smell one another? Where are their priorities?

      Dear God, When we get to heaven can we sit on your couch? Or is it the same old story?

      Dear God, Why are there cars named after the jaguar, the cougar, the mustang,The colt, the stingray and the rabbit, but not ONE named for a dog? How often do you see a cougar riding around? We dogs love a nice ride! Would it be so hard to rename the Chrysler Eagle the Chrysler Beagle?

      Dear God, If a dog barks his head off in the forest and no human hears him, is he still a bad dog?

      Dear God, If we come back as humans, is that good, or bad?

      Dear God, More meatballs, less spaghetti, please.

      Dear God, When we get to the Pearly Gates, do we have to shake hands to get in?

      Dear God, Are there dogs on other planets or are we alone? I have been howling at the moon and stars for a long time, but all I ever hear back is the Schnauzer across the street.

      Dear God, Are there mailmen in Heaven? If there are, will I have to apologize?

      Dear God, We dogs can understand human verbal instructions, hand signals, whistles, horns, clickers, beepers, scent ID's, electromagnetic energy fields, and Frisbee flight paths. What do humans understand?

      Dear God, May I have my testicles back?
      Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

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      • #4
        I am surprised they didn't mention that the ability to swear is distinct from the ability to speak and both are seperate from the ability to sing. That has been seen many times when a stroke knocks out the speech centre but the person can still swear easily (and/or sing).

        It also makes me wonder about the differences in the type of curses that are commonly used in different languages. Swearing in American english tend to be heavily concerned with sex and also tends to be rude, crude and vulgar. Swearing in German is mostly concerned with shlt and tends to be very mild in comparison. If you wanted to tell somebody to F**k Off you could say Mach'ne Fliege, which directly translated only really says to "Take a flight" or "Make like a bird (transliterated)". If you don't give a shlt in German you would say Das ist mir scheiss egal meaning "It's all the same shlt to me". It's hard to find really rude German swearing although I do know a few phrases that will curdle cream at 50 paces.

        So what does that mean in terms of the premise given in the study above?
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        • #5
          More naughties plizz

          Arcane: loved it!!!

          But if you do get your testicles back beware of "humping" legs and of getting buckets of water throw over you just as you get lucky.

          For others:
          Ever notice that the first words picked up by immigrants with no English who start on construction and mine site and the like are swear/cuss words.

          Ever notice too that and despite problems with the rest of their English, their diction, elocution and delivery of cuss words in nearly flawless - and in some circumstances - priceless!!.

          They don't get asked to tea with the Ladies and the Vicar too often though.

          And that's only the "Ladies" - the men are arguably worse - 'coz they don't do it near as well!!!

          Have you ever checked the Bible for instances of "begat/begot" and their derivatives or Shakespeare for the number of "naugthy" words he used!!!

          "Naughty words" are quite topical as were are in the "Naughties" now (hint: last lots were the "eighties" and "nineties") - and who's not in favour of more "naughties" - language and all?

          Oh yes - of course - "Mrs. Grundy" and her ilk.

          F*** Mrs. Grundy - might do her a lot of good. And she might just get to like it and YOU!!!

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mrs_Grundy

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          • #6
            Swearing Makes Pain More Tolerable
            Well, yeah, of course it does.

            And a really good grunt/groan makes lifting heavy stuff about 10 percent easier.
            Cheers,

            Frank Ford
            HomeShopTech

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            • #7
              Sworn off it

              Are some of those "Lady" tennis-players who "grunt" really swearing then?

              Reason I asked is that some of the "Grunts" in the military and their like are dab hands at swearing too.

              Do pigs swear then?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by gnm109
                During this study was any data collected on the types of curses used? In that regard, I've always wondered what an athiest or an agnostic might say after crashing their milling machine or perhaps dropping a 12" rotary table on their foot?

                I'm just curious........

                I say jesus fuqe allot -- it doesnt take crashing my mill or dropping a rotary table or anything like that, Just a little knat buzzing around my ear can set me off, then sometimes I follow it with a little jiggy and sing what Conan O used to sing all the time on the late night show --- Imma gonna go to hell when I die, imma gonna go to hell when I die --------------- Imma gonna go ta hell when I die - yeah - imma gonna go to hell when I die...
                Im agnostic so I can pick on atheists also -- in fact agnosticism is the best because it leaves it all open so you can pick on everybody.

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                • #9
                  An agnostic is an atheist as defined by the man who invented the term.

                  Huxley describes how he came to originate the term "agnostic" as follows:

                  When I reached intellectual maturity, and began to ask myself whether I was an atheist, a theist, or a pantheist; a materialist or an idealist; a Christian or a freethinker, I found that the more I learned and reflected, the less ready was the answer; until at last I came to the conclusion that I had neither art nor part with any of these denominations, except the last. The one thing in which most of these good people were agreed was the one thing in which I differed from them. They were quite sure that they had attained a certain "gnosis"--had more or less successfully solved the problem of existence; while I was quite sure I had not, and had a pretty strong conviction that the problem was insoluble. And, with Hume and Kant on my side, I could not think myself presumptuous in holding fast by that opinion ...

                  So I took thought, and invented what I conceived to be the appropriate title of "agnostic". It came into my head as suggestively antithetic to the "gnostic" of Church history, who professed to know so much about the very things of which I was ignorant; and I took the earliest opportunity of parading it at our Society, to show that I, too, had a tail, like the other foxes. [Quoted in Encylopaedia of Religion and Ethics, 1908, edited by James Hastings MA DD]
                  An agnostic is one who denies all knowlege of God, while an atheist denies His existence. The difference is one without significance.
                  Last edited by Evan; 07-13-2009, 12:06 PM.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Evan

                    An agnostic is one who denies all knowlege of God, while an atheist denies His existence. The difference is one without significance.

                    Evan - your statement of "the difference is one without significance"
                    is so far off the mark I don't know where to start,
                    An agnostic does not "deny" all knowledge of god, he/she simply believes there's not enough evidence one way or another to form a conclusive decision, and this is a far cry from the cut and dry final word of the atheist who does deny that a god exist, An Atheist has the same closed view as a true believer, and in fact an atheist is a true believer of another sort.
                    The Agnostic is not - The agnostic denies none of it - while at the same time excepting none as the final word either, you can look at this as not caring --- or you can expand your mind a little and realize that some agnostics go through life and all the possibilities without leaving one stone unturned, now that's a far far cry from an unshakable belief of not believing.
                    Further more, Don't categorize all agnostics as the same -- there are now many branches from the starting root, some lean more one way and some the other but all keep the enigma alive to the greatest mystery in life.

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                    • #11
                      "Under certain circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer."
                      - Mark Twain, a Biography
                      Weston Bye - Author, The Mechatronist column, Digital Machinist magazine
                      ~Practitioner of the Electromechanical Arts~

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                      • #12
                        I usually cuss at times when my prayers wouldn't make it past the ceiling.

                        My Mother still corrects me when I cuss,Dad ignores it,he knows the things men say at work,especially in a welding or machine shop
                        I just need one more tool,just one!

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                        • #13
                          The &quot;DUH&quot; Factor

                          How much money was spent to do this research that tells us what we all already knew?

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                          • #14
                            An agnostic does not "deny" all knowledge of god,
                            Yes he does. If you are going to use a term originated by somebody else then you are bound to the meaning that was given for it by them. If you don't like that then stop using it to describe youself.

                            This is what Huxley wrote: "They were quite sure that they had attained a certain "gnosis"--had more or less successfully solved the problem of existence; while I was quite sure I had not, and had a pretty strong conviction that the problem was insoluble".

                            He means that while some were sure they had knowledge of God ("gnosis") he was quite sure he did not and was reasonably certain that he could not.

                            Therefore, he denies having knowledge of God.

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                            Placing the "A" as a prefix inverts the meaning of the word. A Gnostic is one who knows God, an Agnostic is one who does not, just as a Theist is one who believes in God's existence and an Atheist is one who does not.
                            Last edited by Evan; 07-13-2009, 03:55 PM.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Evan
                              -had more or less successfully solved the problem of existence; while I was quite sure I had not
                              Evan, All he's saying is "he don't know" , --------- "they" solved the problem of existence "He" was quite sure he did not, where in your mind does "I don't know" turn into him denying knowledge of god? To admit that you haven't solved the problem denies NOTHING because you can be keeping all options open ---------- True agnosticism neither fully denies nor fully accepts anything, as soon as you do your not an agnostic - like I stated earlier -- you can lean in a direction but you cannot declare it as absolute. The only absolute in agnosticism that one can claim is "I don't know"


                              Therefore, he denies having knowledge of God.
                              NO --- the knowledge that he has of god is not enough to sway him into making an absolute decision --- he may have knowledge of god in one hand - and he may have counter information in the other, Its not a denial of any kind - and that is in no way an admission that he believes their is no god -- all it is is an admission in stating that he doesn't know.

                              [edit]

                              Placing the "A" as a prefix inverts the meaning of the word. A Gnostic is one who knows God, an Agnostic is one who does not, just as a Theist is one who believes in God's existence and an Atheist is one who does not.
                              Thank you for the bible school refresher course --- im going to copy and paste it right after I get done organizing my sock drawer

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