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Your potty mouth may have a point

The word fuck never crossed my lips until I got sick. Until I got vertigo, to be exact. I had just started my first grown-up (i.e. non academic) job (Public Relations) in June 2000. I even had my own cubicle and business cards. Then I woke up the day after Independence Day with everything spinning. When the doctor diagnosed me with labyrinthitis, telling me there was nothing that he could do and I just had to wait up to 6 weeks for it to leave on its own, I walked to the bus stop across the street from my clinic and let out a torrent of Fuck! Fuck! Fuck!

Turns out, it may have been a good coping mechanism. Indeed this study shows that swearing actually can help reduce the intensity of pain -- something else that increased a great deal once I got sick. And needless to say, I swear like a sailor now. Though according to the psychologist who did the study, the more you swear, the less effective it may be.

A new, more substantive post is forthcoming. Illness and other events have conspired to limit my blogging of late, but not my thinking. Hopefully I'll be sharing some of those thoughts I've been itching to blog about in the next day or so.

[Cross-posted at Behind the Surface]

Comments

Michelle,

I'll keep this post concise.

I agree, FFFFFFFFFF

Victoria

PS this is the most concise post I've ever written in my life.
 
LOL

Girls, I'm with you!

I have chalked up my new use of curse words after being a very pristine mouthed church girl for so long, to living in a house full of teenagers and twenty-somethings. In short, peer pressure. :D
But, after reading this, I realize, it has a helluva lot to do with being so damned sick for so long. :)
 
Yep, I always had a good church girl mouth too. And I also had a bit of peer-pressure in terms of being in graduate school (not that it ever affected me before). But vertigo and pain were definitely what sent me over into potty mouth-land. ;-)
 
Michelle;bt106 said:
Yep, I always had a good church girl mouth too. And I also had a bit of peer-pressure in terms of being in graduate school (not that it ever affected me before). But vertigo and pain were definitely what sent me over into potty mouth-land. ;-)
Nice to see you back on deck, Michelle,
I gather you've been under the weather a bit (more than usual, I mean).

I have to admit I don't swear in every sentence, but when in serious pain there is really only one word to say.

And let's face it. when you say F..., it's so expressive & makes you feel good.

Victoria
 
So then say it. FUCK. I have to admit, I have sworn like a sailor since I was in my 20's. I came from a good upbringing and an intellectual family that loved the word fuck. My favorite though is motherfucker. I swear like people use the word "and" or "like."

Since I don't have the energy to work out or run when angry, I curse. It really does relieve!
 

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