*And just where did you get that foul mouth?
Millions of people who find themselves asking that question are now experiencing a “wake-up call” and its based on a new study. You see, they…er, we had bought into the mindset that people like you – someone who cusses like a sailor – does so because you are illiterate.
They…er, we had been led to believe that y’all only swear because you lack the capacity to access more intelligent means of expression. In other words, your vocabulary is limited!
Well now, according to a new study, we were wrong. Now you can take joy in the fact that we misjudged you. What’s that? Oh…
Your middle finger.
Anyway, many people have been taught that an elaborate and well-versed use of the “language-of-swear” only belonged to the lazy and uneducated.
But a new study published in the Language Sciences journal show those tested on their ability to verbalize as many “swear words” as possible within a certain period of time were fluent in other verbal abilities.
The study in essence reveals — y’all…er, WE, had better recognize.
The tests were facilitated by US-based psychologists Kristin Jay and Timothy Jay, and their findings dismiss the long-held belief that swearing is a sign of being inarticulate. And that in fact, having the ability to swear with reckless abandon (my words, not theirs) shows a healthy overall verbal capacity.
“The overall finding of this set of studies, that taboo fluency is positively correlated with other measures of verbal fluency, undermines the POV [Poverty of Vocabulary] view of swearing. That is, a voluminous taboo lexicon may better be considered an indicator of healthy verbal abilities rather than a cover for their deficiencies.”
Wow! That’s deep. So that means, and this is strictly based on the flash from my own past that just occurred in my head, that was actually a “silver-tongue” that my dad had.