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Melissa Gray

Forget losing weight. How about a more achievable New Year's resolution, like cutting back on swearing?

People curse for a variety of reasons, including social: they want to fit in, or seem cool or accessible. "But largely, people curse for emotional reasons, when we experience strong transcient emotions: anger, fear, surprise, elation, arousal," said Benjamin Bergen, a professor of cognitive science at the University of California, San Diego.

The glass ceiling shattered in one exclusive club this week: Hillary Clinton is now the first woman nominated by a major party to become a Presidential Also-Ran.

She joins the men who reached for, but failed to grasp, our nation's highest elected office. And perhaps there's some solace in their company.

First, there are the names: Rufus King (lost to Monroe) and Horatio Seymour (lost to Grant).