By Nicole Brewer

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Like it or not, it’s something most Americans do.

“Yes, very often,” said Shamyra Gunn of Philadelphia.

“Only when I’m really upset,” added Paula Shappy of Saratoga.

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Even if you swore you’d do better, new research says cursing is the number one way we cope with frustration and stress.

The survey, conducted by 9 Round Kickbox Fitness, found most people let profanity fly by 10:54 a.m. and one in four can’t make it past 9 a.m.

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Finances, lack of sleep, health issues and work problems were the most common stressors leading to more than 1,200 anxiety-filled events per year and countless colorful phrases.

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“About four a day seems pretty reasonable,” said Gary White of South Jersey.

And while there are some positive alternatives to a potty mouth, like exercise and music, television and movies, for some there’s no replacing that four letter word.