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The next time someone rolls their eyes at your casual swearing just tell them you were being honest.

And if that doesn't work, hit them with the facts, because according to new research, people who choose to express themselves through swear words may actually be more trustworthy than those who don't.

Take that, Mam.

A study published in the Social Psychological and Personality Science journal examined 276 people to find out how and why they curse.

The team, led by Gilad Feldman of Maastricht University in the Netherlands, asked the participants to make a list of their favourite swear words as well as a 'self-report' noting how many times they used them per day.

Subjects were also asked to consider any emotion they may associate with those words – e.g. anger, fear or frustration.

The foul-mouthed participants were then asked to complete a psychological survey to see how honest they are and rank how likely they are to lie.

When results were analysed, researchers found that those who used more profanities actually told fewer lies.

The study concluded: “We set out to provide an empirical answer to competing views regarding the relationship between profanity and honesty.”

“We found that a higher rate of profanity use was associated with more honesty.”

So, the next time you need to get something off your chest, grab your most foul-mouthed friend and pour your heart out in total confidence.

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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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Many were looking forward to the start of RTE's new drama, Rebellion, which is based around Ireland getting its independence in 1916. 

But in episode one, which aired last night, many were shocked by the language used by the fair ladies. 

Two of the characters, Frances, played by Ruth Bradley and May, played by Sarah Greene, were heard blindingly swearing about one of them, "f**king an Englishman."

But fear not, because the writer of the show, Colin Teevan, said in a press conference that this was the language the Irish used before we became "Americanised."

He explained while the four-letter word has been used for "the act" for centuries, it wasn't until the 1920s that "f**k off" was used as a phrase. 

So all in all, Colin just wanted to keep the script true to the era, and we're just going to have to get used to all the ladies swearing their heads off. 

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