Accept no %@$#& substitutes
A few years ago we learned that cursing can reduce the perception of pain. Now the guy who discovered that has more to add: You have to actually curse — like, drop some heartfelt F-bombs — for it to work. Random words or made-up curses don’t do the trick.
In this case, saying [the F word] was linked with a 32 percent increase in pain threshold and a 33 percent increase in pain tolerance. In contrast, the made-up swear words had no beneficial effects for pain threshold and tolerance, which the researchers say is not altogether unsurprising.