Last week, TLW (The Little Woman) sat next to me as I drove
her around in the miserable weather because she can’t drive until her foot
fully heals. She is a very patient woman and NEVER uses swear words. Yes, she
is another Mother Theresa. But being married to Satan I’m sure can take a toll
on her sense of equilibrium.
It seems every moron there is was in front of me that day
and I let off with a few choice descriptions of their character. Not being a
man to mince words, I never mince curse words too, believing that consistency
is important in one’s character.
It got me to think that I should respect my wife a little
better than that, I shouldn’t stoop so low to swearing when I get frustrated,
and to swear in both English and Italian, is simply inexcusable.
However, that very same day I found this article in the
doctor’s office as I was waiting for TLW’s routine doctor visit. It is an
eye-opener! However, before we get into it, I should give you a little
I come from a long line of ‘swearers’. My Grandfather swore
in Italian, my Dad swore in both Italian and English, bridging the old world
new and I, being a traditionalist like to use both languages myself,
keeping both my Grandfather and Dad’s memories alive. TLW of course hates when
I do swear out loud in any language. I seriously thinking of learning to swear
in sign language, if someone would be good enough to teach me.
Back to the revelation; swearing is actually good for you!
According to Sandra Thomas, a professor at the University of
Tennessee, “Suppressing anger isn’t healthy” says the good professor, and what
she means is that suppressing anger will cause you to explode like a shaken can
A study Thomas co-authored showed that older women who
bottled their anger had higher levels of inflammatory markers that are linked
to cardiovascular disease! A study out of Keele University in England found
that swearing: if you don’t do too much of it, provides a strong yet harmless
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