This is one of those fun articles on science: the power of profanity.
There were two studies – one used 29 people and the other used 52 people, so I’d guess the results point the way but are hardly conclusive.
The team isn’t sure the swearing is the cause of the strength. Other measurements they expected would be affected by the sympathetic nervous system did not show significant changes…
‘We know from our earlier research that swearing makes people more able to tolerate pain,’ said Dr. Richard Stephens from Keele University.
Ah ha! That last bit sends me to another resource – my favorite citizen scientists:
A 2009 study claimed that swearing comes with the positive side effect of improving your ability to withstand pain. Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage unleashed their potty mouths to find out whether the ‘grin and swear it’ theory holds true.
Spewing expletives indeed increases suffering stamina by an average of 30 percent (when done during the event.) mythbusters
We miss you Mythbusters. At least you’re archived.