Speaking on behalf of all men with a workshop or a garage (which reminds me, I have a top 10 list that I need to post somewhere from a couple weekends back), this research is a big “Duh!” Why do people get paid to do research like this? How can I get paid to do research like this?
"Swearing has been around for centuries and is an almost universal human linguistic phenomenon," says Stephens.
"What is clear is that swearing triggers not only an emotional response, but a physical one too, which may explain why the centuries-old practice of cursing developed and still persists today," he said.
Thank you, Captain Obvious. Only centuries old? I’ll take the 200,000 year slot in the pool for whoever’s taking odds. In fact, I’ll even go so far as to posit that curse words were among the first 50 words we invented… Thumb. Rock. @#$&!!!
Next, how ‘bout we get Captain Obvious to hook up a PET scanner and watch the brain activity of somebody that I’m swearing at? I betcha that they have an emotional and physical response to being the object of profanity, too. Heh.