To all those people who've ever said that your cursing means you have a crappy vocabulary and can't use real words, well, they can suck it.
A new study in the journal Language Sciences finds that people who curse a lot tend to have bigger vocabularies and that the more f-bombs they drop, the smarter they might actually be.
Psychologists Kristin Jay and Timothy Jay of Marist College and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts set out to prove their hypothesis that being really good at using foul language could indicate that you are kind of a word nerd. As reported on Mic, the researchers recruited men and women between 18-22 and asked them to say as many swears as they could think of in one minute, then list as many animal names as they could in a minute.
What they found was "that people [both men and women] who cursed more also named more animals," leading them to conclude that they had larger vocabularies. "Unfortunately, when it comes to taboo language, it is a common assumption that people who swear frequently are lazy, do not have an adequate vocabulary, lack education or simply cannot control themselves," the researchers wrote in their study. "The overall finding of this set of studies, that taboo fluency is positively correlated with other measures of verbal fluency, undermines the [normal] view of swearing."
And here's the other good news: People who can't stop dropping f-bombs appeared to have a better understanding between "appropriate" cursing (your classics) and "inappropriate" ones like racial slurs, Mic reported.