A new study has found that people who swear more make for better friends.

“Curse words have been only of brief passing interest to psychologist and linguists,” Psychologist Timothy Jay from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts explained.

“The absence of research on emotional speech has produced theories of language that are polite but inaccurate.

“Curse words are words we are not supposed to say; hence, curse words themselves are powerful.”

According to the study, people who swear tend to be more open, honest, genuine and have higher levels of integrity.

It’s not the first bit of research to come out in support of swearing – Emma Byrne’s book Swearing Is Good For You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language found that it promoted trust, increased pain tolerance and increased productivity.