Swearing Improves Strength and Stamina, Says New Study By Nick English May 8, 2017 https://barbend.com/study-swearing-increases-strength/ From the article: ...it was found that power output was four percent higher among the group with dirty mouths. Again, they were asked to choose a neutral or a swear word, and it was found that those who cursed while they gripped were about eight percent stronger on average. The participants were asked to swear in a “steady and clear” tone as opposed to an emotional shout. The study author Dr. Richard Stephens thought that swearing would cause an increase in heart rate and other mechanisms related to the “fight or flight” response, but it turned out he was wrong. He told The Independent that his results could be because cussing helps to distract our minds from the discomfort.