So, my bad habit is decreasing my pain!

From Scientific American

Why the #$%! Do We Swear? For Pain Relief

Dropping the F-bomb or other expletives may not only be an expression of agony, but also a means to alleviate it

Bad language could be good for you, a new study shows. For the first time, psychologists have found that swearing may serve an important function in relieving pain.

I knew the sailor words were useful…


Comments

  1. Jennifer says:

    I’ve been cursing all night, but it hasn’t done a damned thing for this sinus infection. Maybe I need to switch to stronger expletives.

  2. Jabulani says:

    Gruntdoc: I knew there was a reason I loved this blog!!!

    Jennifer: alternatively learn to swear in a foreign language. It’s a little worrying how fantastic you feel after you’ve sworn consecutively in 4 different languages :)
    SURE folk know you’re swearing, but they’re usually impressed so they just laugh instead of tick you off!

  3. I use homeopathic remedies.

    Golly, Shucks, Drat, and Phooey.

  4. That’s pretty fucking amusing.

    Speaking on a personal note which may border on WTMI, I’m recovering from an open fracture of mt right tibia, been through five surgical procedures so far, and have cut down on the Percocets from around 100 per week at time of discharge from hospital to just under 60 a week now.

    And to think that all I need to do is say, “Shit” a few more times each day and I can toss the pills.

    Yeah, right.

  5. That’s pretty fucking amusing.

    Speaking on a personal note which may border on WTMI, I’m recovering from an open fracture of my right tibia, been through five surgical procedures so far, and have cut down on the Percocets from around 100 per week at time of discharge from hospital to just under 60 a week now.

    And to think that all I need to do is say, “Shit” a few more times each day and I can toss the pills.

    Yeah, right.

  6. @Jennifer: Learn to swear in RUSSIAN.

    Trust me, when you’re cutting a blue streak in that language, there’s no doubt as to the nature of your utterances.

    And no, that has nothing to to with the decrease in my Percocet consumption.