You’ve likely seen the rise in sarcastic and sweary memes, t-shirts, mugs, and even stitching patterns in the past few years. Although many disagree with swearing for personal or religious reasons, there is an upsurgence in people feeling freer to express themselves more colourfully. Whether via thinly-veiled sarcasm or snarky sweary puns and memes, there really are many reasons why using sarcasm and swearing is good for you (some are even scientifically proven). Looking for a couple of good reasons to tell your friends and family to lighten up and let loose? Or just trying to understand the fascination of “all the kids these days” with sarcasm and swearing? Read on… 😊
1. Sarcasm makes you smarter
Because sarcasm (dishing it out and interpreting it) requires critical thinking and works out parts of your brain responsible for interpreting language, recognizing emotions and picking up on social cues, sarcasm actually makes you smarter.
2. A lack of sarcasm can indicate serious brain and cognitive issues
Deciphering sarcasm gives your brain a workout, and the inability to “catch” it has been used by scientists to recognize early problems in individuals with brain injuries, autism, and dementia.
3. Sarcasm can indicate a higher IQ
Having a dark humour may be a sign of having a higher IQ (as well as indicating less aggressive tendencies overall).
4. Sarcasm can liven up daily interactions
Sarcasm can break through the “normal” daily social interactions we’re expected to have, and create a more genuine and less trite encounter.
5. Sarcasm is sexy
Sarcasm can be sexy, as most people want a partner who can make them laugh, be less stressed, and keep them smiling.
6. Sarcasm makes a great icebreaker
It can make the perfect icebreaker at parties and social events as you’ll stand out from the sea of “Hi nice to meet you, what do you do” (use sarcasm with care, of course).
7. Swearing makes you more trustworthy
Swearing among friends can build trust and strengthen bonds (as you know them well enough to know where their boundaries are as to what is acceptable versus offensive). Also, people deem you less likely to lie because you’re not repressing what you’re really thinking by mincing your words.
8. Your ancestors swore up a storm
The “stigma” against women swearing (but not men) started with the 1673 publication of the book “The Ladies Calling,” but up until then many women were praised for their expressive use of language. So toss off your grandmother’s admonishments, and check out this humorous tour of swearing throughout the ages.
9. Swearing is mentally and physically cathartic
Swearing is cathartic, whether it’s physical or emotional pain you’re experiencing. Swearing deadens pain (thus why you tend to use very colourful language if you smash your thumb with a hammer), it releases adrenaline, and it improves memory. The “softer” versions of swear words such as “fudge” don’t have the same health benefits as their more “taboo” counterparts.
10. Swearing gives you better control over a situation
Swearing allows you to vent anger and frustration in a safe non-violent way, and allows you to take back a sense of power and control over a situation. The Delicate Flower pattern shown was designed to not only be snarky and humorous, but to encourage women to stand up and to declare with vehemence they can be feminine and strong at the same time.
So there you have it — combine the therapeutic benefits of stitching with the great emotional and physical benefits of sarcasm and swearing, and you’ll be unstoppable! 😂 And you don’t have to stop there, Peacock & Fig has teamed up with Suzy Swede Tees to bring you many of these designs on t-shirts, mugs, and tote bags. You can stitch your snark, wear your snark, drink your snark…. just think of how healthy you’ll be! 😇