If you have ever been forced to put money in a swear jar to help kerb your swearing habit, you may be due a refund.

Serial swearers will be happy to hear that according to new research, swearing can in fact be a great form of pain relief, as long as you do it in moderation.

The study by the Keele University published in The Journal of Pain, which has linked pain management with swearing, claims that the more you swear, the harder pain becomes to bear.

However, profanity culprits can't throw the swear jar out the window just yet, as the study also reveals that the pain-healing powers of swearing are not has strong if you, like Gordon Ramsay, become habituated to cursing.

The findings revealed that those who swear just a few times a day doubled the time they could withstand the "ice-water challenge",- how long they could hold their hands in a container full of ice-water.

In contract to those frequent swearers who admitted to swearing up to 60 times a day - did not show any benefit when undertaking a similar challenge.

Researchers at the Keele University say that swearing provokes an emotional response leading to what is described as a "stress-induced analgesia", also known as the "fight or flight" response, along with a surge of adrenalin.

Dr Richard Stephens a senior lecturer at Keele's School of Psychology, said because swearing can influence our emotions, swearing lightly in one's daily routine can help individuals cope with pain and stressful .

In line with this foul mouthed news we have put together a list of interesting swearing facts ...


Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 uses the 'F**K' a total of 435 times throughout the film it also features a few homosexual and racial insults.

  • We Swear Alot

According to analyse of spoken conversations ,approximately 80-90 spoken words each day - 0.5% to 0.7% of all words - are swear words, with usage varying from between 0% to 3.4%. In comparison, first-person plural pronouns (we, us, our) make up 1% of spoken words.

Kenneth tynan

Critic and author Kenneth Tyran sparked outrage when he became the first person to say the F-word on British television on the live satirical programme BBC-3 while commenting on censorship during a TV debate

  • Swearing uncontrollably is the most commonly known affliction of Tourette's syndrome, it is not present in most cases.