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As Byrne puts it in her book, Swearing Is Good for You, profanity "teaches us a lot about how our brains, our minds and even our societies work.
Of course, he told the rest of the class what he'd heard and a lot more swearing ensued.
Another benefit of swearing is that it acts as a natural pain relief.
In film terms, most of the swearing you hear doesn't have the creativity of say Jack Nicholson, but rather the 'ooh look at me I'm so daring' of Eddie Murphy (OK showing my age here).
However, closer examination revealed that swearing did not have an effect on heart rate, suggesting another reason for this sudden increase in strength.
In both experiments swearing rudely led to significant improvements in performance compared with uttering "neutral" words.
Dr Richard Stephens, from the University of Keele, who led both teams, said: "We know from our earlier research that swearing makes people more able to tolerate pain.
Dr Richard Stephens, from the University of Keele, who led both teams, said: "Quite why it is that swearing has these effects on strength and pain tolerance remains to be discovered.
The study followed up earlier work that showed how swearing increases pain tolerance, helping to explain the common reaction to hitting one's thumb with a hammer.
The study of 81 people followed earlier findings that swearing increases pain tolerance.
If anything, swearing further enhances your anger or frustration, thus further distracting you.
I'd done my shopping there the previous week, and when I went in a member of staff told me I was barred for swearing at staff but I could finish doing my shopping that night.