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When You Should Swear

Posted May 15, 2016 12:00 AM by Chelsey H

Everyone has the same reaction when they stub their toe on the edge of the bed. And now we know why it makes you feel…better.

A phenomenon known as lalochezia allows us to tolerate more discomfort for a longer period of time when we swear. There is something exciting about swearing because swear words come from taboo topics. It's also linked to an emotion which sparks a biological response in our bodies to help us tolerate pain.

You can't stock up on swear words though: the more you swear the less it helps.

Learn more by watching this video!

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05/15/2016 12:42 AM

This probably works in reverse too, if you swear at somebody in pain that should trigger anger which should then relieve their pain....at the very least it should trigger more swearing... I think I'll stick to medication, sounds safer....

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05/15/2016 10:28 AM

20+ years ago, I worked at a shipyard, were the language was 'loose'. I did realize it until my dad mentioned 'you don't have to swear like that'.

That's when I notice I assimilate my environment, and cleaned up my language.

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05/15/2016 10:55 AM

Oh Hell! I thought everybody knew that! There, I feel better now.

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05/15/2016 3:16 PM

Don''t swear at all.

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05/15/2016 10:07 PM

I have met some people who should be impervious to pain!

Maybe there's a conservation law, and the pain doesn't disappear but leaves their body and spreads to those who are listening.

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05/15/2016 11:49 PM

Swear at some people and you're likely to get a punch in the nose....feedback problem...

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05/16/2016 7:31 AM

or quality control

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05/16/2016 3:17 AM

Maybe it is a good idea to deal with your own emotions and feelings rather than making someone else responsible for your feeling. After all, there is no such thing as a swear word. All in your own mind. The original F comes from the church. 'for using carnal knowledge' hell is also from the church, along with God.

Time for folks to pull themselves towards themselves and understand adjectives. 4FS.

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06/14/2016 7:08 AM

It does seem inappropriate to pollute Engineering with Theology. While almost all readers subscribe to the former, fewer subscribe to the latter.

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06/14/2016 12:42 PM

Ah my friend, but the theology lends to engineering and common sayings. After all, Bill Shakespear did not write, 'Oh death, where is thy sting'. A common expression when things go wrong in engineering. Or for the matter, 'Bless you', when you sneeze did not just happen as a matter of being nice. So pollution and mixing may not be what you thought nor envisaged.

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05/16/2016 8:20 AM

We all know or suspect that the occasions of lalochezia increase during our current season of political absurdity, but one wonders as to those of which perspective (progressive/non-progressive) may be most frequently or intensely afflicted in the present circumstance.

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05/16/2016 8:24 AM

maybe instead of beating around the bush, come out and say your intent, instead of being so cryptic.

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05/16/2016 11:59 AM

So-o-o-o, that's the reason Gooberment makes you "swear" on a bible!

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05/16/2016 2:00 PM

To make lying less painful?

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