While cursing is generally frowned upon in polite society, it turns out spewing expletives is linked to what most consider a positive trait — honesty.
A new study from the University of Cambridge has found that cursing is proportionate to honesty.
Scientists tested with a sample of 276 people, followed by a larger sample of 74,000 (via Facebook), and came to the same conclusion. The more you curse, the more likely you are to be an honest person.
In the smaller sample group, the participants were asked how often they say or write curse words and then asked them for their honesty in answering questions, blaming others, cheating on games and taking advantage of others.
“There are two ways of looking at it. You might think if someone is swearing a lot, this is a negative social behavior,” David Stillwell, co-author of the study, told the Daily Mail.
“On the other hand, they are not filtering their language so they are probably also not putting their stories about what is going on through similar filters which might turn them into untruths.”
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