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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.
******In reaction to an independent BBC review on taste and standards commissioned after offensive comments about actor Andrew Sachs created a public outcry, the BBC Trust has said that the most offensive language should only be used in “exceptional circumstances” on BBC One between 9 and 10 p.m.******Editorial guidelines should clarify that BBC should not make programmes that “celebrate or condone gratuitous, aggressive, intrusive and humiliating behaviour,” the Trust ruled, recognizing that “licence fee payers can distinguish between comedy and satire, which they appreciate, and unjustified humiliation, of which they disapprove.” ******The study, which polled 2,700 participants, finds that viewers don’t want more censorship or regulation.******”Most people value the creativity of the BBC and accept it may sometimes result in people being offended.”******What do you think? Should BBC allow swearing on air?
Britons are becoming ruder, according to a poll, with boorish behaviour fuelled by a lack of respect for authority and the failure of parents to teach their children manners.
Foul mouthed celebs and footballers are adding to the problem, with spitting and swearing the two features that people hate most, the ITV poll says.