A new study shows that uttering expletives when you hurt yourself is a sensible policy.
That is according to scientists who have shown swearing can help reduce pain.
A study by Keele University researchers found volunteers who cursed at will could endure pain nearly 50% longer than civil-tongued peers.
They believe swearing helps us downplay being hurt in favour of a more pain-tolerant machismo.
One of the professors came up with the idea for the study after swearing when he accidentally hit his thumb with a hammer as he built a garden shed.
He recruited 64 volunteers to take part and each individual was asked to submerge their hand in a tub of freezing water for as long as possible while repeating a swear word of their choice.
They were then asked to repeat the experiment, this time using a more commonplace word that they would use to describe a table.
Despite their initial expectations, the researchers found that the volunteers were able to keep their hands plunged in the ice water for a longer period of time when repeating the swear word.
Let’s see what the Bible has to say! And he who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death. Ex 21:17
I don’t think no amount of cursing is going to alleviate the pain associated with death. You shall not revile God, nor curse a ruler of your people. Ex 22:28
Never let the President hit your thumb with a hammer! Whoever curses his God shall bear his sin. And whoever blasphemes the name of the LORD shall surely be put to death. Lev 24:15-16
When injured please choose your words carefully. Do not invoke the name of a deity.
Of course there is Peter, who when confronted on his association with Jesus, began to curse and swear, “I do not know this Man of whom you speak!” Mark 14:71.
It would seem that this is what caused him pain. And when he thought about it, he wept. Mark 14: 72
Despite the findings of the professor, I find a different encouragement from God. Let them curse, but You bless; Ps 109:28