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What a relief! A new study from Keele University shows that swearing can lessen the pain of injury.
Volunteers recruited for the study were first asked to put a hand in a tub of icy water for as long as possible and repeat a swear word.
A second run through of the experiment involved volunteers simply using a commonplace word as they dunked a hand in icy water.
When volunteers didn’t swear they were unable to keep a hand in the water for as long as they could when they swore.