Another study from the school of the bleedin' obvious ...
Morphine doesn't help with pain if you do it too much, either.
Everything in moderation.
Potty-mouths the world over were celebrating a couple of years ago, when a bunch of boffins demonstrated that swearing relieved pain. Now, the same boffins have turned party-poopers with a new paper. It appears, on further research, that yelling "s**t!" when your hammer lands on a thumb instead of a nail works best for shy and …
... as to the pain relief of any expletive. Now if they were to say that the shock of the pain momentarily overpowered the pain receptors then that I might have more faith in. Ofc I havent read the research so perhaps they did say that and el-reg just grabbed the headlines. Not going to read the research eaither, not when there are so many juicy bits to read here.
For once Mr Fry was awesomely entertaining and awesomely educational - whilst being right, too. Unfortunately, thanks to the programme, every time someone mentions Brian Blessed, the image of him shouting Gordon's Alive has been replaced with him shouting... inappropriate words.
I am smiling as a write this. It is impossible not to smile at a mental image of the Blessed Swearing.
When the standard ones won't do it any more.
You can string them together - sh*tf*ckcockarse!
Add some animals in there - pig-frakking cock-weasel!
For extra juice, add in some family members, perhaps turn some expletives into their attributive or mangled adjectival forms...
If all else fails, I find a father-jack style incoherent yell works for me.
I've been swearing in German for when I stub my toe and the like for fifteen years now, normally I just swear in English.
I'm pretty sure it doesn't matter what the meaning of the word is as much as the sound of it. Which is why "Oh fornication!" isn't a phrase you'll hear every day. By adopting this bi-lingual strategy you can have your kuchen and eat it.
I am technically a scientist, so I'm calling this one science!
many italian swear words when literally translated, are very boring....
the main point is to direct the 'energy' of the pain elsewhere... thats why preg women delivering are told to breathe heavily or inflict the pain to the poor husband holding their hand!!!! :o
hit your hand with a hammer? at least you know its coming... :P
thats nothing compared to a sudden crippling cramp in the middle of the night...
and most complex swears need thought - how many short, single syllable, mutter-able, very common swear words do you know?? try it!!
Normal use of lots of profanity reduces the pain killer results ... so, throretically, someone who doesn't swear and hits their thumb should just go for it.
On the other hand (sorry) a potty mouth should try to say something particularly articulate ... like "Oh goodness gracious me. My thumb appears to be leaking a crimson tide of predominantly haemoglobin based pigment but titter ye not! Do I feel pain? Nay nay Mr Wilks, 'tis but a scratch, I've had worse ... like when I was bitten by an African swallow carrying a coconut ..."
Brian Blessed is the exception to the rule as he's a very articulate potty mouth!
When I said articulate I didn't say I was ... :-)
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