Good News for Swearing, Messy, Night Owls

Were you annoyed as a kid when your parents told you to clean your room, sent you to bed early, and scolded you for cursing? There might be a reason for your behavior.

Intelligent people use more curse words

You always hear that people who swear have a “limited vocabulary.” But if you think about it, those who don’t use any swear words are the ones who limit their own vocabulary, because they intentionally use fewer words than others.

In fact, there is a study deconstructing that myth about curse words. The result showed that people who could name the most swear words within a minute also tend to score higher on IQ tests. The study concludes that a rich vocabulary of swear words is a sign of rhetorical strength rather than the attempt to hide verbal deficits.

Intelligent people are night owls

Like to stay up late? This also could be a sign for intelligence.

Scientific research has linked night owls with higher IQ scores for quite some time now. President Obama, Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill, Keith Richards, and Elvis Presley are all famous for nocturnal activities. If you tend to go to sleep rather late, you’re definitely in good company.

Intelligent people are messy

You swear a lot and stay awake late? If you also tend to leave a bit of a mess behind, there’s good news for you.

A study by the University of Minnesota suggests that the messy desks of geniuses are actually linked to their intelligence. If you don’t spend much time cleaning and organizing everything around you, your mind is obviously occupied with more important stuff.

The study went on to show that a messy environment led to a more creative workflow. Psychological scientist Kathleen Vohs says: “Disorderly environments seem to inspire breaking free of tradition, which can produce fresh insights. Orderly environments, in contrast, encourage convention and playing it safe.”

Source:, 5 August 2016

Elizabeth G Fagan is an artist and writer who lives on Lake Michigan’s western shore, its “left coast.” If this research is true, she must be one of the smartest people on the planet.

See more of Fagan’s essays.

Art, content, photography,, and Lake Michigan’s Left Coast © 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 Elizabeth G Fagan


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