Monday, July 13, 2009


From Scientific American comes:

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

I don't think this study proves that science has figured out the exact mechanism of why people curse, but it sure as frak makes me feel better to let loose with a string of obscenities when I get hurt.

Don't ask me why, but I find that running around like Rob Petrie from "The Dick Van Dyke Show" helps too.

I do both swearing and running. It's quite a sight.


At July 13, 2009 11:28 AM, Blogger nanc said...

like i said at ohboomoments - i like to make up bad words - but occasionally a real bad word will come flying out my mouth!

At July 13, 2009 3:16 PM, Blogger crazy4coens said...

frenckin freck frek

At July 13, 2009 3:19 PM, Blogger jan said...

Would you mind making a video of this?

At July 13, 2009 4:09 PM, Blogger crazy4coens said...

I agree! That would be a hoot and a half!

At July 13, 2009 4:54 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

Now I have a frickin' excuse! :)

At July 13, 2009 5:19 PM, Blogger cube said...

nanc: I'm not as creative as you. I just go with the classics ;-)

crazy4coens: frelling frell (from Farscape -- back in the day when SciFi had good programming)

Jan: No frakking way!

crazy4coens: Ditto what I told Jan.

Brooke: lol. You & me both.

At July 13, 2009 6:53 PM, Blogger rebecca said...

You know, I never did get used to frakking word in Star Trek. Still frakking pissed that it ended....

At July 14, 2009 7:35 AM, Blogger Caz said...

Swearing is also closely associated with stress, for example, people tend to swear more frequently in work places with high levels of dissatisfaction and pressure.

This latest research is congruent, I think, with other findings on swearing.

Pain, dissatisfaction, stress - they're all points on a singular spectrum really.

At least that's what I'll keep telling myself that whenever I feel the need to let rip with a few choice expletives!

At July 14, 2009 5:29 PM, Blogger cube said...

rebecca: Did you mean Battlestar Galactica instead of Trek?

Caz: ***Pain, dissatisfaction, stress - they're all points on a singular spectrum really***

That's a mighty long spectrum for expletives to ring out from loudly. I curse them all.

At July 14, 2009 7:01 PM, Blogger rebecca said...

Eh, yeah...a prime example of my inner workings..,. things/people/places just morph into one another at times n you just did right there what most of my friends/fam do - insert the correct word/thing/etc. *sigh* it's a bitch getting old :=) So, yeah, Battlestar not to be confused with the Star Trek series that I just couldn't get into n not to be confused with this year's Star Trek movie which was awesome and I still rate as one of the best of 09!

At July 14, 2009 8:16 PM, Blogger Ananda girl said...

You know... I know I wrote a comment for this post. It was about the guttural sounds and hard consonants in swear words make them extra expressive and to my thinking the perfect words for that job.

But what happened to it? That's a mystery. Blogger was being a rat fink I guess.

At July 19, 2009 9:24 AM, Blogger cube said...

rebecca: It happens to all of us.

Ananda Girl: I never saw that comment. I guess it went into the ether.


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