Why It’s A Good Thing If You Swear A Lot

It means something very, very impressive.

We never thought we’d say this, but apparently swearing is a good thing.

A new study published in several psychology journals showed that people who swear on a regular basis (and stay up late and leave a mess) tend to have higher IQs.

The mind boggles.

Basically, the study says that if you can name a lorra lorra swear words within one minute, you could score higher on an IQ test. According to the Washington Post, “The findings go against some prior research and much popular thinking that sees cursing as a defect. Researchers and authors have argued that people who curse a lot are lazy, have a more limited vocabulary, and lack education and self-control.”

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Instead, the conclusion here states that a “rich vocabulary of swear words is a sign of rhetorical strength rather than the attempt to hide verbal deficits”.

And staying up late? Evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa says that while the average brain is happy to conform to nighttime norms, the more intellectual seek to defy that and accomplish more as a result. Makes sense.

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As for leaving a mess, it was students at the University of Minnesota who did the research, and found that a messy desk represents an intelligent mind since the subject has too much (clever stuff, we assume) going on in their heads to spend time cleaning.

So if you swear like a trooper and spend your nights at a desk so cluttered you can barely see the surface, fret not – you’re practically Einstein.