Why swearing helps ease pain
It seems that swearing increases your pain tolerance. Britain’s Keele University had 64 college students put their hands into a bucket of ice water and endure the pain for several minutes:
The result was that swearing not only allowed students to withstand the discomfort longer, but also reduced their perception of pain intensity. Curse words, the study found, help you cope.
While swearing might be beneficial when you’re injured, researchers pointed out that this is different from using profanity “descriptively, idiomatically, abusively or for emphasis.”