A new study has found that those who have a healthy repertoire of curse words at their disposal are more likely to have a richer vocabulary than those who don’t. Now, that’s my kind of study. Found via the Facebook feed of Slavomír Čéplö (aka bulbul), who comments: “Aivan niin, perkele!” Which is “Quite so” in Finnish plus the most famous Finnish curse word.
The actual study is Kristin L. Jay and Timothy B. Jay, “Taboo word fluency and knowledge of slurs and general pejoratives: Deconstructing the poverty-of-vocabulary myth” (Language Sciences 52 [November 2015]: 251–259); the abstract is here. (This being Elsevier, you’ll have to shell out $55.20 for the fucking article.)