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    Research Shows Profanity Is a Valuable Tool

    Unfurl your sailor mouth. Social scientists say letting loose some f-bombs or other taboo terms helps humans vent and convey intense emotion — though sometimes curses arrive via reflex. One study showed cursing could help people cope with pain when submerging their hands in ice water. Many arguments against profanity have been punctured, too: It doesn’t harm impressionable children and people with larger vocabularies actually deploy curses more often. But overuse does desensitize people to the words’ power, if you happen to give a flying f…lamingo about that.

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