Swearing may actually be a sign of intelligence

Despite the common cry that cursing makes people sounds less intelligent, research suggests it may actually be a sign of a solid vocabulary.

Benjamin Bergen, professor of Cognitive Science at UC San Diego, is the author of "What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves." He tells CBS Los Angeles people who swear the most "also have the biggest vocabulary overall."

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A 2014 study by the Language Sciences Journal found people who use swear words are often more articulate on other areas.

The experiment asked 49 participants ages 18 to 22 to say as many swear words as they could in 60 seconds.

Those who used the most swear words were also able to name more animals in the same amount of time.

According to the Daily Mail, another group of researchers say swearing can also be an emotional coping mechanism, making us feel like we can bounce back more easily in difficult times.

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