Has someone ever told you that swearing makes you sound uneducated? Next time an interloper tells you that, don't hesitate to tell that person to f*ck off because science is on your side.
According to a new study published in Language Sciences, you are way smarter than those polite-tongued folks...or at least you have a bigger vocabulary.
The study, entitled Taboo Word Fluency and Knowledge of Slurs and General Pejoratives: Deconstructing the Poverty-of-Vocabulary Myth, was led by a pair of US-based psychologists, Kristin and Timothy Jay.
The duo recruited 218 participants, both men and women, aged 18 to 22. The researchers asked them to do a fun test: Write down as many cuss words they know in 60 seconds then list animals for another minute.
The findings: Participants who listed more swear words beat the verbally-nice guys when it came to naming other things.
A total of 533 taboo words were generated. The top 10: fuck, shit, cunt, bitch, asshole, whore, slut, motherfucker, bastard, and damn. However, the total number of animals listed wasn't mentioned.
In a statement, the researchers said, "Speakers who use taboo words understand their general expressive content as well as nuanced distinctions that must be drawn to use slurs appropriately. The ability to make nuanced distinctions indicates the presence of more rather than less linguistic knowledge."
So, yes, folks who swear a lot do know words with more than four letters. They just really love using that four-letter word.
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