I’m quite partial to an expletive or two. Sometimes even three.
I always try to time my outbursts so that I don’t offend anyone. But I’ve often wondered just how upset someone can get at the use of a simple swear word.
They’re a valid part of our language and a treasured part of my vocabulary. As I write for a living (and for fun) I find it almost offensive when someone who doesn’t know their derriere from their humerus about our fantastic language takes umbrage with my choice of word (or words).

Captain Haddock. Holds a PhD in swearing.

Recently they’ve proved that swearing when you feel pain helps you to withstand and repel the pain. I kid you not.
The research was undertaken at Keele University, after the man who led the study hit his thumb with a hammer and, thus, the idea for the study was born. In a nutshell, he got the 64 volunteers to submerge their hands in buckets of ice-cold water. On one submersion they were asked to repeat the swear word of their choice. On their other submersion they used their choice of word to describe a table. And as they cursed their way through the pain they were able to withstand it almost 50% longer than when they weren’t swearing. You can read more about the experiment here on the BBC site.

But the real proof that swearing is big and it’s also clever comes from the mouth of the genius that is Stephen Fry. I’m not sure where to start with my admiration of him. His comedy, his writing, his poetry, his ambition, his humanity. I’ll never forget the defence he felt it necessary to mount when Peter Cook died and almost every obituary talked of wasted talent and unfulfilled potential. You can watch it here.

Another advocate of advanced-level swearing

He’s a brilliant presenter, panel host, radio broadcaster and generally nice bloke. He’s someone who has a supremely-tuned brain. And here’s his fantastic defence of swearing. It’s a brilliant rebuttal of those who deem swearing to show a lowly intellect.

Watch it. And then laugh your fucking arse off.