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People Who Swear A Lot Are Honest And Can Have Traits Of A Good Friend
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People Who Swear A Lot Are Honest And Can Have Traits Of A Good Friend

People who swear too much have been stigmatized as being uneducated or missing crucial language skills. But this may not be entirely true.

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Editor's note: This story was originally published on August 5, 2019. It has since been updated. 

If you grew up with an elder who cursed much, chances are you've picked up a few classic curses yourself at a young age or swore to yourself that you will stay clean and never take after the sailor-mouthed sibling or parent in your family. Turns out that swearing does come with benefits, and we aren't just talking about the relief that comes after a hot-headed, cuss-filled venting session with a friend. According to this BBC report, the benefits of swearing are quite a few. And it ain't that uncommon either. According to an article in the American Journal of Psychology, kids begin swearing from the age of six (sometimes younger). The report also suggests that we are likely to swear about 0.5 to 0.7%  of the time we spend talking, which equates to a dozen times a day based on how talkative you are. What's interesting is that those who swear much also happen to have certain qualities that we admire in our friends. Here is what experts claim are the benefits of swearing.

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Swearing is a sign of honesty

This perhaps is the most interesting angle worth noting. The article (a rather aptly named one) published by Maastricht University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Stanford, and the University of Cambridge explores the link between honesty and the use of curse words.  This study finds a positive correlation between those who swear and higher levels of integrity. "Profanity is often used to express one’s unfiltered feelings (e.g. anger, frustration) and sincerity,” explain the researchers. Most of us prefer that one friend who is brutally honest with their opinion even if it isn't something we want to hear.