Does Cursing More Make You More Honest? Yes, Study Finds

LOS ANGELES (CBS LOCAL) — Are you a potty-mouth? Then you’re probably also pretty honest, according to a new study.

Regularly calling upon an unfiltered, curse-laden set of adjectives, though, especially considering each setting, is considered to be not a very good thing. But a new study found that they’re tied together as cursing is proportionate to honesty.

Scientists from the University of Cambridge tried both a more intimate, smaller sample size of 276 people – followed by a larger sample of 74,000 via Facebook – and came to the same conclusion for each: the more you curse, the more likely you are to be an honest person.

In the smaller sample, the participants were asked how often they say or write curse words. They were then asked for their self-assessed levels of honesty in answering questions, blaming others, cheating on games and taking advantage of others.

“There are two ways of looking at it. You might think if someone is swearing a lot, this is a negative social behavior,” David Stillwell, co-author of the study, told the Daily Mail. “On the other hand, they are not filtering their language so they are probably also not putting their stories about what is going on through similar filters which might turn them into untruths.”

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