| Swearing Actually Works, Using F-word When Hurt Actually Improves Pain Tolerance
It's official - swearing DOES help us tolerate pain, according to scientific research. A study found using the F-word when pain strikes, increases pain tolerance by up to a third. A panel of experts including Keele University's senior lecturer in psychology, Dr Richard Stephens; language expert and author, Dr Emma Byrne; and acclaimed lexicographer Jonathon Green, explored how effective real and new, made-up swear words are in helping to increase pain tolerance and threshold. The research was built on Dr Richard Stephen's original 2009 study which discovered that swearing can increase pain tolerance in the short term. Nurofen, as pain relief experts, funded Dr. Stephens to further investigate whether the power of swearing could be emulated by a new 'socially acceptable' swear word. The panel of experts developed two novel words for the experiment - 'twizpipe' and 'fouch' - to see if the public could use them in moments of pain instead of turning the air blue. The group, containing