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If you curse like a sailor during your workout sessions, you may actually be doing your body good.

According to recent research conducted at Keele University, swearing can increase an individual's strength and stamina as well as doing wonders for their pain threshold.

To test the hypothesis, researchers created two groups, one of which was advised to curse 30 seconds before cardio and strength training, the second of which was advised to say a 'neutral' word.

Researchers discovered that the group who cursed exhibited more power and strength than the other group.

Speaking to Newsweek, Richard Stephens explained that "on one measure of power in the first five seconds, it was a four percent increase in the swearing versus non-swearing group, then across the full 30 seconds it was about two percent increase."

"In the grip task they produced about eight percent stronger grip in swearing versus non-swearing. Quite why it is that swearing has these effects on strength and pain tolerance remains to be discovered."

"We have yet to understand the power of swearing fully," he added.

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We've been told to cut it out and that it's not 'ladylike'… but it turns out cursing isn't actually all bad.

We'll admit that a few 'f*cks' are thrown around the office on a day to day basis (there's a lot of deadlines, OK?) so when we found out about this attribute, we were pretty damn happy with ourselves.

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Because do you know what cursing means? Honesty.

Yep, a new study from the University of Cambridge found that those who swear the most, lie the least.

During the research, 276 people were asked how often they swear and their choice curse words.

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The researchers also tested the participants' honesty by asking them questions about blaming others, cheating and taking advantage of other people.

Co-author of the study, David Stillwell, told the Daily Mail: "There are two ways of looking at it. You might think if someone is swearing a lot, this is a negative social behaviour.

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"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."

So basically, if you're around people and you're not afraid to use the F, S or B-bombs, then you're generally not too worried about how you appear in front of them.

A larger study in the Journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science was also carried out recently which studied 74,000 Facebook users. 

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The researchers studied the amount of times a person would use profanities online, and it pretty much came to the same conclusion; users who kept their language clean wanted to look better online.

So, there you go. The next time your granny tells you to watch your language, don't listen (but by God, don't swear AT her…).

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