Swearing is good for you

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The amazing science of bad language.

Title: Swearing is good for you

Author: Emma Byrne

Year: 2017

Summary:If you love to drop a swear word or if you absolutely hate them, you should read this book. Dr Emma Byrne explains how and why swearing is actually good for us. From pain relief to team bonding, and reveals what cursing chimpanzees can tell us about the origin of dirty words. Not only has some form of swearing existed since the earliest humans began to communicate, but it has been shown to reduce physical pain, help stroke victims recover their language, and encourage people to work together as a team. From chimpanzees creating their own curse words to a man who lost half his brain in a mining accident experiencing a new-found compulsion to swear, this book outlines the fascinating science behind swearing: how it affects us both physically and emotionally, and how it is more natural and beneficial than we are led to believe. Packed with the results of unlikely and often hilarious scientific studies--from the "ice-bucket test" for coping with pain, to the connection between Tourette's and swearing, to a chimpanzee that curses at her handler in sign language--Swearing Is Good for You presents a lighthearted but convincing case for the foulmouthed.

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