There's A Reason Why Samuel L. Jackson Says 'Motherf**ker' So Much

"It clicks a switch..."
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Samuel L. Jackson has discussed the word that helped him overcome a debilitating stutter in the past. This week, he revealed a little more about the unconventional method.

On Tuesday’s episode of “The Howard Stern Show,” Jackson explained how the word "motherf**ker" -- a familiar one for anyone who's seen his movies -- helps speech process.

"I have no idea [how] but it just does," he said. "It clicks a switch that stops the d-d-d b-b-b, because me I stuttered really, really, really badly for a long time."

Though Jackson didn't specifically address what it is about the word that prevents him from stuttering, he said in a 2013 interview with New York Magazine that "motherf**ker" is his "favorite word," adding that he says it under his breath as a form of daily affirmation.

The 67-year-old went on to tell Stern how the mockery of former classmates prompted him to stop speaking for “almost a year” in school. To alleviate his speech impediment, Jackson participated in various exercises.

"I read a lot," he added. "I read things about breathing exercises; I actually went to the library to combat stuttering."

According to a 2014 HuffPost estimate, Jackson has uttered “motherf--ker” 171 times in 27 different movies.

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Listen to more of Samuel L. Jackson’s interview with Howard Stern below.

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